More than 100 new houses are to be built at the St Peters’ High School site in Derry’s Creggan Estate.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has recommended planning approval for 127 social housing units at the former school site.
The new residential development - which will be located within the existing school grounds - will comprise six four bedroom houses, 63 three bedroom houses, 30 two bedroom houses, 28 one bedroom apartments plus new access and associated site works.
Mark H Durkan said: “This is good news for Derry. This vitally important project will provide much needed social housing in an area that has been identified as having an acute shortage.
“It will regenerate this former school site into an attractive area for people to live in and enjoy and provide an employment boost during the construction phase.
“This brings the total to more than 300 dwellings for social housing in this part of the city as my Department recently gave planning approval for 180 dwellings on the adjacent site, also for social housing use.
“My Department is committed to assisting with social housing targets by turning around these applications as quickly as possible.”
Creggan Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Campbell welcomed the announcement. “I have been working with Apex Housing and with CCMS for the last nine months on the demolition and redevelopment of St Peter’s and I certainly welcome the approval for 127 social housing units.
“While the additional housing is to be welcomed, it must also be accompanied with appropriate social amenities such as play provision and allotments.
“I would also call on the housing association to consult widely with local community to get their views on the redevelopment of the site,” he said.
DOE Planning is to consult with Derry City Council on their opinion to approve the proposal at their meeting on April 1.