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19/09/2021

New six storey apartment building being planned for elderly people in Derry

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PLANNING permission is being sought to construct a six-storey high building on a vacant site in Derry which will house elderly residents. The proposed building will be located at lands situated adjacent to number 19, Northland Road (pictured above), close to the Ulster University’s Magee campus, which have lain empty for a number of years. The plans, lodged by the Martin Group, is seeking to build a six-storey residential building containing 20 social housing apartments of elderly residents. The apartments will be made up of nine one-bedroom and eleven two-bedroom dwellings. The plans mark the latest proposal for accommodation specifically tailored to the needs of elderly people in Derry, after it emerged last week that there were proposals for a new development at the site which formerly housed Thornhill College on the Culmore Road. A planning application has now been lodged for the demolition and redevelopment of some of the buildings on the site to provide a 65-bedroom care home at the site. In addition, the plans would also see existing buildings at site transformed into 65 ‘semi-independent living units’. Both the Northland Road plans and Thornhill proposals are currently being considered by Derry City and Strabane District Council, and are expected to come before a future meeting of its Planning Committee.

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