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Committee hears detailed plans for major housing development​

10 June 2022
Members of Council's Planning Committee today gave their support for plans for a major housing application in the city.
The reserved matters application from developer Braidwater Limited came before the monthly meeting of the committee today and included details of 740 dwellings, part delivery of a High Street, as well as a new road network and other works.
The site is located on zoned Housing Land ‘H2 Buncrana Road West' as defined in the Derry Area Plan 2011, between the Coshquin and Whitehouse areas of the city. This application follows the granting of outline planning permission in November 2018 along with a S76 Planning Legal Agreement.
Members heard that the dwellings will consist of a mix of social, affordable and private housing and will include townhouses, apartments, semi-detached and detached houses.
The application also detailed the High Street containing a mix of convenience retail store, café/restaurant, retail units, office units, live/work units, gym and community centre.
Accessibility was also discussed in the application, with the provision of a new road to connect to the re-aligned Coshquin and Whitehouse Road, as well as new pedestrian and cycle ways and other site and access works.
The committee were told that the development will cater for the needs of young people also, with public squares and open spaces to include children's play areas.
Council officers informed members that the proposal had been assessed against the provisions of the Derry Area Plan, as well as other material considerations and policies, as well as consultation responses received.
Chair of the Planning committee, Cllr John Boyle, said the application will be welcome news to address the housing need within the district as well as creating a new, vibrant community for families.
"I'm delighted that this reserved matters application has unanimously supported by members of the committee. The plans look fantastic and will provide much-needed housing within the city, while also creating new community and environment that is welcoming to all. Residents will have everything they need all in one place, and it's particularly pleasing to see that young children will be accommodated with play areas and open spaces. We look forward to seeing this application progress."