New nursing home planned for Waterside

A nursing home is to be built on the site of the former NI Water depot in Derry’s Waterside.

The home, which will have more than 80 beds and which will care for people living with dementia, is to be built on the 1.4 acre site at Belt Road.

A planning application, published in the ‘Journal’ on Tuesday, detailed the planned “demolition of existing NI Water offices and storage sheds and replacing with 82 bed healthcare facility to include facilities for dementia care, elderly mentally infirm (EMI) and general nursing including landscaping, parking and associated site works.”

Last April the north’s finance minister Sammy Wilson revealed in the assembly that the the Department of Finance and Personnel (DfP) has “had an offer accepted on 1A Belt Road, Londonderry”.

Ni Water’s £125,000 per year lease expired last March. Their staff have since been relocated to the nearby Gelvin Grange depot.

It is understood Brooklands Healthcare intends building the new facility. Last year in a promotional brochure Estate Agency O’Connor Kennedy and Turtle said the civil service were open to offers of around £550,000 for the Belt Road site for an “assumed freehold or long leasehold subject to nominal peppercorn rent.”