Belfast Telegraph

Housing planned for site of former bakery in Northern Ireland

By Michelle Weir

A prominent £2.15m housing development site has come on the market with outline planning permission for 81 new private dwellings.

The new homes will be constructed on the 8.7 acre former factory site at Woodside Road in Newbuildings, in Londonderry, if the development gets the green light from planners.

The new properties will be made up of 54 semi-detached and 27 detached houses and will be developed in line with the Derry Area Plan.

The development site is located close to the east bank of the River Foyle, three miles south of the city.

An industrial bakery owned by IAWS had been on the site at Newbuildings.

It has been vacant for a considerable number of years. IAWS is part of Swiss food company Arytza.

Redevelopment of the former industrial site will include the demolition of the existing derelict buildings.

Plans for the new dwellings with associated parking will include the provision of a centrally located public open space.

This is the second major housing development to be announced for the city in recent months.

A proposal for 3,500 new homes, social housing and private dwellings was recommended for approval at Buncrana Road between Whitehouse Road and Benview Estate, Coshquin by planners at a special meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council's Planning Committee in December.

In addition to the homes, the ambitious project includes a new primary school, church and other community facilities.

Interest in the site at Newbuildings has attracted residential inquiries from Northern Ireland and the Republic.

The property is held freehold or long leasehold and subject to a nominal ground rent.

Agents Lambert Smith Hampton and Simon Brien Residential commented that Newbuildings is a "popular residential location, given its rural setting and proximity to the city together with its attractive views across the River Foyle to east Donegal".

Dan Kelly, the chairman of Derry City and Strabane District Council's Planning Committee, said: "I am delighted to see the redevelopment of the site which can now be utilised to provide much needed housing and open space in the Newbuildings area.

"I know this will be welcome news for the local community and I look forward to seeing the realisation of these plans."

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