Construction of 53 new apartments held up over dispute over address

The development of 53 new apartments on the Letterkenny Road has been held up over a dispute over the address of the site.

Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 4:13 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 6:15 pm
There is a dispute over the address of the intended site.

Planning officials believe the address to be 4 Foyle Road while locals in the area say it is 4 Letterkenny Road.

The planning application for the construction of the 53 apartments cites 4 Foyle Road as the address.

SDLP Councillor Brian Tierney questioned the accuracy of the address and asked planning officers what impact an inaccurate address would have on the planning application.

The site where the three apartment buildings will be erected.

“I would like to know what would it mean if the committee was to approve planning for 4 Foyle Road and the address turns out to be 4 Letterkenny Road.”

Sinn Fein Councillor, Tony Hassan, criticised the Derry City and Strabane District Council Planning Department by describing the dispute as “ridiculous”.

“This decision is very straightforward,” said Colr. Hassan. “I think it’s ridiculous that we are sitting here today and we are unable to approve this development because of a dispute over the address.”

Planning officials agreed the best way to address the dispute was to re-advertise the proposal using the other address, 4 Letterkenny Road.

The site where the three apartment buildings will be erected.

The Planning Committee passed the proposal with the caveat that the address of the site is confirmed.

Ten councillors voted in favour of the proposal; Sinn Fein Colr. Patricia Logue abstained.

The apartments will be built on the site of ‘Long’s Farm Shop’.

The application was originally submitted in 2007 and was for the construction of 60 apartments but the scheme was amended and reduced during the processing of the application.

The apartments take the form of three blocks; block A fronts on to Foyle Road and is four storey in height; block B is three to four storey in height and fronts on to the open space within the site and block C is four storey in height but steps up to five storey in height and fronts on to the River Foyle.