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Green light given for exciting Acorn Farm development in Derry
7 Mar 2019
Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee have approved exciting plans to develop an outdoor community growing space and education facility at vacant lands off St Columb’s Road opposite the former Ebrington Barracks site. The Acorn Farm project will include a centrepiece 10m tall solar dome and is a key aspect of the wider St Columb’s Park regeneration plans where work began recently on the restoration of the Walled Garden at St Columb’s Park House and a new gated avenue linking the house to St Columb’s Road. The work is highlighted as a priority capital project in Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Parks Development Programme and the Strategic Growth Plan which commits to protect and promote our natural and built heritage assets and develop our parks and green spaces. The plans approved at this week’s meeting include an outdoor community growing space inclusive of vegetable gardens, glasshouses, domes, parking and an access road. The land had previously been used as a helicopter pad for the military and the site is enclosed with a large wall with existing access point and pillars onto St Columb’s Road.
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