The former Poundstretchers building at Bishop Street.
Approval to demolish the remains of the former Poundstretcher building on Derry’s Bishop Street to allow for a new family justice centre was given yesterday after members of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee approved a request to demolish it and approve a planning application to build a new Justice Centre.
The Poundstretcher was destroyed in a fire in 2014 and has remained unused since.
The family justice centre - “One Safe Place” -, for Foyle Women’s Aid will consist of a reception, offices, family rooms, ancillary facilities and a public drop-in centre cafe at ground floor level with nine supported housing units in a separate associated block to the rear at 7-9 Bishop Street.
An application to demolish the former Poundstretcher building including its front façade floors and frame was granted subject to a number of conditions.
Members of the committee heard that the proposed development comprises of a social enterprise café and shared justice centre that occupies the three floors of the building, which fronts onto Bishop Street and the nine supported living units, which are located on a new build block to the rear of the proposed Justice Centre/café.
The new build bloc will be a three story building that will include a family room space with covered open space for children along with nine apartment.
The block will be attached to the Justice Centre through a glazed covered atrium on the ground floor.
If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Derry Now editorial team on 028 7129 6600 for Derry City stories Or 028 7774 3970 for County Derry stories. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com at any time.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from Derrynow.com
Buy the e-paper of the Derry News and the County Derry Post here for instant access to Derry's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Derry with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.