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26/10/2021

Burnt-out Poundstretcher building in Derry's Bishop Street set to get a new lease of life

Planning permission granted for new justice centre in the city centre

Pound stretchers Derry

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.

 

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