The massive regeneration plan for the Brandywell stadium and grounds has been given the green light by Derry and Strabane Council’s Planning Committee.
The Committee unanimously backed a recommendation by Planning Officer Malachy McCarron that the long-awaited project be given the go ahead during a meeting in the Guildhall on Wednesday evening .
The move means official permission is now in place to press ahead with a raft of new developments.
The planning application related to the demolition of the existing terraces, stand and changing rooms along Lone Moor Road to be replaced by a new 2,400 seated stand with associated facilities.
Th exisitng grass pitch will be replaced with a 3G football surface, while boundary walls at South End Park, Branydwell Road and Lone Moor Road will be knocked down and replaced.
The dog track will be relocated to neat the Showgrounds with associated stand and facilities including new kennels, and with the Showgrounds getting a newly realigned pitch.
Proposing that the Committee back Mr McCarron’s recommendation, SDLP Councillor John Boyle said: “Obviously this is a very, very significant development for the city and I am sure we would all agree on that.”