A co-ordinated approach is needed to progress plans to built hundreds of new homes in the Buncrana Road area of the city, Sinn Féin councillor Tony Hassan has said.
Colr. Hassan called on the Housing Executive and housing associations to come together with developers involved in the plans for the H2 site close to the Skeoge roundabout on the Buncrana Road.
The Sinn Féin colr. said a strategic plan is urgently needed to start the development, which would involve building hundreds of homes and the creation of hundreds of construction jobs.
Colr. Hassan said he expects final planning approval to be given to the application in the coming months and added that a plan should be put in place ahead of that in order to start work as soon as possible.
“With Article 40 to be signed off on in the next few months by the Planning Service, I believe that we need to be proactive in anticipation of this and that the planners and developers in Derry should be meeting now to brainstorm ideas,” he said.
The Shantallow colr. said co-operation between all groups and agencies involved in crucial.
“I am aware that one Housing Association has already met with a developer and were interested to explore the development of social housing.
“But there is a need for a much bigger round table discussion with the Housing Associations, Housing Executive in the city to strategically plan ahead,” he explained.
Colr. Hassan said the development is needed to help ease housing stress in the city and create much-needed construction jobs.
“One key area of the city that I have been campaigning for the development of is the H2 site on the Buncrana Road
“This could be a catalyst project for Derry as well as providing hundreds of new homes it would bring work to the construction industry taking people off the dole; it would help regenerate and bring investment to the area and also help keep people from leaving the city to find work elsewhere,” he said.
Colr. Hassan raised the issue of the proposed development, which has been in the pipeline for the last decade, at the H2 site with representatives from the Planning Service at a recent meeting of Derry City Council’s planning committee.
He was told that planners are currently considering the application and hope to be in a position to bring a decision before Council in the near future.