Meeting on the future of Immaculate Conception College site

END OF AN ERA!. . . .Immaculate Conception College caretaker Terence Dunlop puts the keys in the lock for the last time as the Waterside school closes its doors on Tuesday afternoon. Terence was an affinity with the College as he was a pupil there before taking up the post of caretaker. DER2615MC026
END OF AN ERA!. . . .Immaculate Conception College caretaker Terence Dunlop puts the keys in the lock for the last time as the Waterside school closes its doors on Tuesday afternoon. Terence was an affinity with the College as he was a pupil there before taking up the post of caretaker. DER2615MC026
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A public engagement meeting regarding the future of the site of the former Imacculate Conception College (ICC) in the Waterside, is due to take place on Thursday, September 10.

A planning notice placed in today’s ‘Derry Journal’ by Belfast based planning consultancy firm, Turley, announces the engagement meeting to discuss a proposed residential development of up to 90 units comprising a range of housing types including semi-detached, terraced housing as well as apartments.

This proposal would be based at the 12 acre former ICC site.

Another 40 acres in the same area, off the Corrody Road in the Gobnascale area, has already been the subject of discussion by Derry City Council for a wide ranging development including GAA facilities.

Immaculate Conception College closed last June and as of yesterday, the 12 acre site has now reverted to being the property of the Glendermott Parish.

The planning notice lodged by Turley states that: “A Public Engagement Event will take place on Thursday, September 10, betweem 10am-4pm at Hillcrest House, Top of the Hill Ltd, 14-17 Jasmine Court.”

Fr Michael Canny, parish priest in Glendermott told the ‘Journal’ that next week’s meeting was “part of a ongoing process to keep people informed of proposed plans for the site.”

In July last year, discussions about the overall 52 acre site took place at Derry City Council and the council’s Development Committee agreed to approve the overall Corrody Park/Top of the Hill masterplan layout.

This then allowed the project to progress to the stage where planning permissions could be sought by interested parties.

At the 2014 Council meeting a council official said that among the key requests voiced by community representatives for the area were a new and enlarged community building, a GAA pitch, play parks and areas, improved parkland and the provision of a Multi Use Games Area and social housing.

Backing the proposals last July, Sinn Fein Councillor, Eric McGinley said: “I know council has many priorities but I think this partucular project needs to be as close to the top as possible.”

Waterside SDLP representative Martin Reilly said that the development would have a massively positive impact for people in the district. There will be extended consultation and I welcome that because it is important we get the right fit,” he said.

Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed residential development can do so at next week’s meeting .

Written submissions can also be submitted to Turley, Hamilton House, 3 Joy Street, Belfast, BT2 8LE before Thursday, September 24th.