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Planning approval for Café Roc site redevelopment for over 55 housing

01 July 2020
Full planning approval for the redevelopment of the former Café Roc Bar and NightClub on Derry’s Strand Road to provide 27 self-contained apartment accommodation units for over-55 active elderly persons was given the go ahead by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee today.
The Planning Committee met today at the Guildhall for a socially distanced meeting that was attended by elected members and officials.
They heard how the proposed development at 125-139 Strand Road, Derry, in addition to the 27 apartments will include a wheelchair accessible unit on the ground floor.
Members heard that planning officials considered the application acceptable and in accordance with the Derry Area Plan 2011 and were satisfied that the proposal demonstrated a quality residential environment. It was outlined at the meeting that communal open space would be provided on the ground floor level.
There was a discussion at the meeting relating to objections to the application around the lack of parking, no drop off areas for traffic and no green space provision however planning officials assured members that the application was in accordance with the relevant planning guidance.
The agent acting on behalf of the applicant also advised and reassured members regarding the issues raised by the objectors. Consideration was also given to previous planning history on the site.
Welcoming the decision to grant full planning approval, the Chair of the Planning Committee Cllr Christopher Jackson said he welcomed the fact that this development would see the enhancement of a derelict site that will in turn bring about positive economic prosperity to the area.
“I am delighted this premises will be used to house elderly members of the community who will be located in the heart of the city centre with access to all the local amenities and facilities.
“Council is very committed to encouraging people to live in the city centre and do all it can to bring about investment and regeneration to streets like the Strand Road. This is in keeping with the objectives set out in our Strategic Growth Plan.”
Wednesday's meeting was held at the Guildhall to planning committee and officials only and broadcast live to the public on https://derrycityandstrabanedistrict.public-i.tv/core/portal/home
Anyone looking for planning information on application forms, planning fees and planning applications are encouraged to visit the planning portal: www.planningni.gov.uk/public-access-info or contact the service directly by e mailing [email protected] or calling 028 71 253253.