127 houses to be built on former St. Peter’s High School site

The former St Peter's High School site. (DER1214PG043)

The former St Peter's High School site. (DER1214PG043)

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Planning permission has been granted for the building of 127 social houses on the former St. Peter’s High School site in Creggan.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan made the announcement today and described it as a “good news story for the city”.

Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan who has released the findings of the Christopher Mills Report into waste disposal at Campsie and Mobuoy outside Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 18.12.68

Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan who has released the findings of the Christopher Mills Report into waste disposal at Campsie and Mobuoy outside Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 18.12.68

The development comprises six four bedroom houses, 63 three bedroom houses, 30 two bedroom houses, 28 one bedroom apartments, new access and associated site works.

The site is located within an area identified as having an acute need for social housing. The Department has also recently approved 180 social housing units on an adjacent site at Ballymagowan.

This approval includes three complex needs housing units within the site, two of which are two storey, and one purpose built bungalow. There are also seven ground floor apartment units designed specifically having regard to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and are wheelchair accessible.

Mark H Durkan said: “This is a good news story for the city providing much needed social housing, in an area that has been identified as having an acute shortage. The project also provides specifically designed, disabled access friendly units to meet the complex needs of members of the local community.

“This development regenerates a former school site and will bring much needed local jobs and investment to the area. Decisions like this show how planning can help create win wins for the local community and the economy.”