Plans for a new food superstore in the Waterside have been given a green light.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has recommended planning approval for a new mixed use re-development scheme on the current Niche Drinks site at Rossdowney Road.
The plans include a new food superstore with ancillary non-food, a business innovation centre and the retention of the former school building for use as a crèche. The proposal also includes car parking, servicing and associated landscaping.
The proposal for a major retail development is one of several live planning applications for food superstores in the city.
Minister Durkan said: “This is a significant regeneration project that will inject investment into the locality and benefit both the local area and the Waterside as a whole, by creating a variety of employment and community uses within the site.
“This is a boost for Derry. The significant investment demonstrates a confidence in the local economy. My vision is for the DOE to build a better environment and a stronger economy. This decision will help do that.”
Derry City Council will be consulted on the proposal at its next Planning Committee meeting next Tuesday.
This application is related to a previous application that was recommended for approval for the relocation of the existing Distillery business to a new site at Campsie.
The Department received five letters of objection and four letters of support for the proposal.
Meanwhile, Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has called for at least one of the current superstore planning applications for the Shantallow area - at Northside and Springtown - to be given the go ahead.
“Northside and Springtown Shopping Centres can not be ignored, ASDA and TESCO could locate at these centres and this could be the solution for communities.
“The greater Shantallow area has a growing population approaching 50,000 and a number of new housing developments have been earmarked for the area over the next number of years so there is a clear need for new shopping facilities.” He added: “If the development of Northside included ASDA this would be good news for the Greater Shantallow area. I would call on the owners of Northside to do all in their power to persuade ASDA to come to Northside.”