Almost 60 objections have been lodged against plans for a new housing development close to where homes were badly damaged by flooding almost 20 years ago.

The planning application, lodged by Braidwater Ltd, is seeking to construct 241 new dwellings at lands situated close to The Beecher and the Old School Field site in Drumahoe.

The proposed new development will comprise of 102 detached dwellings, 124 semi-detached homes and 15 apartments.

It also includes provision for a new children’s play area, a new right hand turning lane and a public open space.

However, a total of 59 objections have now been lodged against the proposal.

The bulk of the objections are focussed on fears surrounding a repeat of the flooding which resulted in homes at The Beeches suffering devastating damage on Christmas Eve in 1999.

Several homes were completely gutted due to flooding that night, with a number of residents needing to be rescued by emergency services and taken to safety.

In 2012, a ‘soak-away’, which is designed to drain away excess water caused by heavy rainfall was installed in the area.

Residents said that this quickly filled with stones, rendering it ineffective.

A drainage ditch was then dug around the perimeter of the field surrounding the development.

Those objecting to the plans have now said that the developers are seeking to fill this drainage ditch in, which they feel could result in a repeat of the events of 1999.

The application is expected to come before a future meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee.

Pictured above - The Beeches development in Drumahoe.

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