Derry Area Plan 2011
Appendix 7: City Housing Zonings (Page 1 of 10)
A 31.0 ha site which lies to the west and south of Glengalliagh Hall on the north western outskirts of the City and bounded to the south by the Buncrana Road and the proposed Skeoge Link and to the north west by the Upper Galliagh Road.
The frontage portion of the site between the Buncrana Road and the line of the former Buncrana Railway line falls below road level before rising gradually towards Glengalliagh Hall and beyond to Upper Galliagh Road and Glenabbey Cottages. A line of thick mature trees and hedging which form the north west boundary of the site will be retained. Other vegetation worthy of retention should be protected and supplemented in any development together with additional landscaping. The Department will seek to achieve a layout which avoids the root systems of existing trees and proposed trees and also have regard to the impact of development on drainage. In some circumstances it may be appropriate to keep development outside the falling distance of mature trees.
Development should respect existing slopes and contours and the well-wooded Glengalliagh Hall which dominates the skyline in this area. A density range of 10-15 dwellings per hectare is considered suitable.
Access to these lands will only be permitted via the most northerly proposed roundabout onto the Buncrana Road. No access will be permitted to this site off the proposed Skeoge Link, the proposed Skeoge Link/Buncrana Road roundabout or the Upper Galliagh Road. The road layout shown is indicative of what will be required. The exact alignment and solution to the access of all the lands will be a matter for prospective developers who will have to demonstrate that access to other adjoining development land has been safeguarded. Development will be allowed to proceed in advance of provision of the Skeoge Link Road by the Department subject to conditions which reflect the concept of proportionality as set out in PPS 1 (para 65) and PPS 3.
A portion of the site fronting onto Buncrana Road lies below the level of the Skeoge floodplain and will require extensive infilling to accommodate its proper development. Prospective developers should liaise with the Rivers Agency and Water Service prior to the completion of any design works.