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Planning Committee approves specialised housing development in Strabane

05 September 2019

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee have approved plans by Mencap to build a specialised housing development in Strabane that will allow people with learning difficulties to live independently.

A full planning permission application to build seven residential units and a separate short term break accommodation unit at Curlyhill Road in Strabane was unanimously approved by elected members.

The project aims to offer supported accommodation and short breaks for people with learning difficulties, offering them more independence and respite for their parents and carers.

Chair of Derry City and Strabane District Council Planning Committee, Councillor Christopher Jackson, welcomed the approval at Wednesday’s meeting in the Guildhall.  

“I am delighted plans for a specialised housing development in Strabane have been approved,” he said. “The completed project will allow Mencap to enhance their important work in helping those with a learning disability to live independently, to develop their skills and abilities and to achieve fulfilled lives.

“The development will provide quality housing, specially designed and tailored to meet the bespoke needs of the individuals in a location suitable to their needs and those of their families.”

Members heard how the project will be completed over three phases with investment of over £4m into the locality.

The entire development will comprise of a mix of attractive spacious and accessible homes for 16 local people, very close to the centre of Strabane with Mencap support on hand at all times.

At the heart of the project will be a short break facility (respite) reaching over 100 people every year.