Plans for a major residential development in the Waterside moved a step closer today, after Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee approved a Reserved Matters planning application for 252 new dwellings.
The development will comprise of a mixture of ten detached, 179 semi-detached, nine town houses and 54 apartments, to be located to the South East of the A2 Clooney Road and Gransha Park.
The plans also include public open space, a children’s play area, an IT community hub meeting space, and car parking on site.
The application was granted outline planning permission in September 2019, when Planning Committee members acknowledged the major impact the development would have on alleviating housing stress in the Waterside area.
Chair of the Planning Committee, Councillor John Boyle, said: “I am really pleased to see this significant development move on to the next stage in the planning process.
“We are all aware of the huge demand for housing locally, and this major site will have a positive impact within the Waterside area.
“The provision of good quality modern housing for local families, with all the proper amenities including green space and properly equipped play facilities, is a major priority for Council.
“This site is located within minutes of the City Centre, linked also by the new greenway network, making it a highly desirable area to live for anyone working locally.
“The development of this area will create a vibrant and modern new neighbourhood area, and complement the wider development plans for the Waterside area.”
The development will also mean changes to the existing road network in the area, with plans to remove Gransha Roundabout and introduce a signalised junction to assist with dealing with additional traffic pressures in the area.
Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Ciara Ferguson tweeted: “Delighted with the news today that the Council approved the latest planning application relating – Ballyoan lands adjacent – Clooney Road @ Gransha Roundabout.
“Entire project £120 million investment – 750 family homes and approximately 850 new jobs over the next decade.”