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Planning approval granted for new ToTH Community Centre

08 March 2018

Full planning permission for the erection of a two-storey Community Centre on the former site of Immaculate Conception College on Trench Road, was approved by members of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee when they met at the Council Offices in Derry yesterday.

Members were informed at the meeting that the new Community Centre will include offices, childcare facilities, youth facilities and a social hall with external landscape works and an associated car park.

Members were advised that the application was submitted by Derry City and Strabane District Council and due to the area of the site is classed as a major planning application.

Planning Committee members were informed that the development will be split level to positively address the existing site conditions with the main entrance having a direct link to the Trench Road.  As part of the plans it is proposed that the blocks are all arranged around a central courtyard which will provide an inviting entrance to the rear of the building and that the community centres position on site will provide a public plaza to the front of the building.

The associated car park will have 67 spaces and four disabled spaces and will be located to the rear while a pedestrian crossing will be provided to link the community centre to the new playing pitches.

Welcoming the decision, the Planning Committee Chairman Cllr Dan Kelly said he was delighted the Council had approved this application.

He explained the new community centre forms part of an overall redevelopment of the Immaculate Conception College site and the Top of the Hill Masterplan that includes a large social housing scheme and GAA floodlit playing pitch with changing facilities.

“This is a major boost to the community in Top of the Hill and another step forward in securing much needed facilities for the local community in the Waterside. It is a high quality development project that is very much in keeping with the Council’s commitment set out in its Strategic Growth Plan to create sustainable and accessible community facilities for residents across the City and District,” he added.