Home buyers and local residents on the Waterside area of the city got their first glimpse of proposals for one of the largest new housing schemes proposed in Derry.
Outline plans to create 700 - 800 new homes at the Ballyoan site, adjacent to Crescent Link and Clooney Road, were presented at a public event yesterday evening held by the developer South Bank Square Limited at the nearby Waterfoot Hotel.
The firm behind the plans expressed excitement about one of the largest construction projects in many years. They claimed the quality urban development would bolster construction jobs and create new homes, new community amenities and a new neighbourhood for the city.
Speaking at the public consultation Brian Kelly, Director of Turley, lead planners for South Bank Square, commented that the proposals had received a positive reception. He said:
“We are very pleased with the response from local residents, and potential home-owners who are seeking quality homes in the surrounding area. Our proposals are seeking to deliver standout urban design that addresses how people want to live today and in the future.
“The diversity on offer will accommodate the community needs of a future generation. Alongside new homes we will be establishing retail and business facilities, new local play and public space, and connections for pedestrians and cyclists within the development and surrounding transport network.”
Architect for the project John Quinn, from ASI Architects
“The plan will deliver a mix of unit types to accommodate different housing needs; with single houses sitting alongside neighbourhood avenues, luxury apartments and affordable accommodation.
“This is an opportunity to build a new local community. Tonight’s exercise has allowed us to listen to the neighbouring residents and potential home-owners, and for those who attended to feed into our plans. Before we submit our final application we will continue to discuss their views and the benefits the development will bring if approved.”
A further public event is planned for 26 November 2015, at the Waterfoot Hotel, and a final planning application is expected to be submitted for approval by Derry City & Strabane District Council later this year. Further information can be requested by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org