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Social housing for Derry to be built on former school site – Durkan

Stormont Executive press release - Department of the Environment

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has recommended planning approval for 127 social housing units at the St Peters’ High School site in Creggan, Derry.

The residential development located within the existing school grounds will comprise of six four bedroom houses, 63 three bedroom houses, 30 two bedroom houses, 28 one bedroom apartments plus new access and associated site works. 

Mark H Durkan said: “This is good news for Derry. This vitally important project will provide much needed social housing in an area that has been identified as having an acute shortage.

“It will regenerate this former school site into an attractive area for people to live in and enjoy and provide an employment boost during the construction phase.

“This brings the total to over 300 dwellings for social housing in this part of the City as my Department recently gave planning approval for 180 dwellings on the adjacent site, also for social housing use.

“My Department is committed to assisting with social housing targets by turning around these applications as quickly as possible.”

DOE Planning will consult with Derry City Council on their opinion to approve the proposal at their meeting on 1 April 2014.

Notes to editors: 

1. Application A/2013/0393 for Residential development comprising 6 four bedroom houses, 63 three bedroom houses, 30 two bedroom houses, 28 one bedroom apartments, new access and associated site works (127 residential units in total) was received on 9 August 2013.

2. The applicants are Apex Housing Association. 

3. The Department received one letter of objection and no letters of support for the proposal.

4. The application will be presented to the meeting of Derry City Council on 1 April 2014 with an opinion to approve.

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