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18/09/2021

241 new homes approved in Derry despite 69 objections and concerns over potential flooding

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A new housing development has been approved in Derry despite almost 70 objections and concerns over potential flooding. The 241 new dwellings will be constructed at lands closed to The Beeches and Old School Field in the Drumahoe area of the city. A decision on the application had been deferred at a previous meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee after concerns were raised about flooding and drainage issues. A total of 69 objections and a petition had also been lodged in opposition to the plans. However, the plans were approved at yesterday’s meeting of the Planning Committee, held in Strabane, after a proposal from the Waterside Sinn Fein councillor Christopher Jackson. Commenting, Cllr Jackson said that he had been reassured by experts that the new development would improve drainage in the area. The SDLP councillor Martin Reilly added that while he understood residents’ concerns, that having listened to advice from statutory agencies, he was prepared to second the proposal. The DUP’s Hilary McClintock told the meeting that residents in the surrounding area ‘were not feeling reassured’ despite the developers offering to put in additional drainage measures. Alderman McClintock added that she ‘regretted on this occasion she could not vote in favour of what was much needed housing in the area’. The plans were then approved.

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