Jansu still there

Workmen begin the dismantling of the Fruit of the Loom factory and Ballymagan, Buncrana. (2405SL10) Photo: Stephen Latimer
Workmen begin the dismantling of the Fruit of the Loom factory and Ballymagan, Buncrana. (2405SL10) Photo: Stephen Latimer

Despite years of economic downturn and one of the worst recessions in our history, earlier this week major development plans for Buncrana were still on track.

Yesterday Dublin based company Jansu reaffirmed their intention to go ahead with a planned massive retail unit in Buncrana.

In a planning notice in the ‘Derry Journal’ on Tuesday it was statedt Janus had intended to apply for planning permission for the development of a revised “mixed use commercial, retail and residential redevelopment of the former Fruit of the Loom factory site at the Aileach Road (pictured below).

A spokesperson for Jansu, yesterday told the ‘Journal’ that planning was the “main priority” at the minute.

“We do have planning permission for building a development at the site in Buncrana in place since 2007, but now we’ve had to rescale the plans to a smaller size. This is to deal with the changing economic conditions and market place.”

The spokesperson said that the units had been reduced in size and height in order to create something more suitable for the market place at this minute in time.”

The source confirmed they had no plans at the moment to begin work on the factory site.

“We’re just concentrating on the planning for the timebeing, so hopefully we won’t have much bother as we already have planning in place, but you never know.”

In April this year, work had begun to dismantle the factory site, a condition to the planning application, it also states that new development will consist 13 retail units, one major retail shop and 12 other units.

There will be a restaurant, 32 apartments, a kids activity zone, a new roundabout on the Aileach Road providing access to surface and basement level parking.

The application comes as a major bright point in what has been a bleak numbers of years for the Inishowen peninsula with many young people being forced to emigrate which a further approx. 5000 people on the live register in the peninsula.

Buncrana Mayor Nicholas Crossan said the application would be discussed in due process and they he and the other Town Councillors would talk with the local planners at their next meeting in July.