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27/09/2021

Planning permission granted for retirement complex at former Thornhill College site

Angela Dobbins
The Planning Committee of Derry City and Strabane District Council to grant planning permission for a major retirement complex on the former Thornhill College site on Derry’s Culmore Road. This retirement complex will be comprised of a 65 bed care home and 68 semi-independent living units. Welcoming this decision, SDLP Councillor Angela Dobbins said: “The former Thornhill school site has been vacant since 2003. It has been subjected to repeated episodes of vandalism, arson, anti-social behaviour and illegal dumping and the buildings are now in a significant state of disrepair. “Every previous effort to secure this site has been unsuccessful and it is now an eyesore. “This is a site of both historical significance and high scenic value and I am grateful that both the developers and our planning department have kept these facts in mind and have ensured that the character of the existing buildings and surrounding unspoilt nature of the river Foyle will be protected. “It is a recorded fact that people are living longer and developments like these offer residents a secure, comfortable environment where independence can be maintained and, if necessary, assistance is close by. Not only does this development provide ‘fit for purpose’ accommodation, it will also provide the benefit of communal facilities ensuring inclusivity in a peaceful setting.”

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