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22/09/2021

Dobbins welcomes green light for Development of vacant Thornhill College site

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The green light for the redevelopment of the vacant Thornhill College site in the Culmore area of Derry has been welcomed by SDLP Councillor Angela Dobbins. She said: “I am delighted that these plans are finally in position to commence. The proposal for a retirement village within the former college site has been in process for some while now and now that legal sign-off has been given it has finally got the green light. "People are living longer now according to research and already existing retirement areas are proving successful. This is an ideal setting for those in 'sunset' years with its riverside walkways and countryside setting. "Three existing buildings at the front of the site will be retained to provide a Community Hub Building, Community Services Building and Site Warden Building. "The remaining buildings will be demolished and redeveloped to provide a 65 bed care home and 68 semi-independent living units.The application also includes plans to remodel the former tennis courts on the site to provide a multi-use games area and allotments and remodel other parts of the site to incorporate formal landscape gardens and associated access, parking, drainage and landscape enhancement works." Cllr Dobbins (pictured) added: "This site has become the object of serious anti social activities which have escalated in recent months." She concluded: "The main building and the out buildings are is such disrepair that I genuinely would fear for the safety of those participating in these activities.This is definitely not a playground or a place “

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