Derry Area Plan 2011
Appendix 7: City Housing Zonings (Page 10 of 10)
A 31.5 ha site located within the Gransha estate and on the north eastern outskirts of the City.
The site is bounded to the north east and south west by the main access route through the estate, Gransha Park, to the north west by an area of dense woodland and to the south east by the main Clooney Road. The site, consisting mainly of undulating land falls gently away from Gransha Park along its southern boundary to a wedge of extensive wetland containing mature trees and vegetation which extends from the south east towards the woodland to the north. Proposals for development will be judged against policies ENV 6 and ENV 7 together with other relevant policies such as HOU 1.
This area of mature vegetation should be retained and protected in any development and extended with landscaping as appropriate to join with the woodland.
A belt of tall mature trees along a section of the northern boundary of the site should be retained and safeguarded from any development by the exclusion of construction works within the falling distances of the trees. Appropriate additional landscaping will be required along this boundary to mitigate visual impacts on the adjacent loughs.
No construction works will be permitted within the falling distances of those trees within the woodland at its interface with the western boundary of the site.
An area of ponding screened by mature vegetation is located to the north east portion of the site. Potential developers are advised to liaise at an early date with the relevant agencies in respect of this particular feature.
Any development should respect existing slopes and contours. A density range of 10-20 dwellings per hectare is considered suitable.
Storm water drainage either during construction works or from the completed site will not be permitted to the Enagh Loughs or to the River Faughan due to the potential impacts on the water quality of the loughs and the river. Storm water drainage should be directed to the River Foyle. Pumping of storm run-off will be necessary. Potential developers are strongly advised to liaise with the Rivers Agency and other relevant agencies at an early date prior to any design works in order to agree storm drainage arrangements.
Access to the site will only be permitted via a new road off the roundabout at the entrance to Gransha Hospital following the line of the existing Gransha Park private road. The exact alignment and solution to the access to all of the lands will be a matter for prospective developers who will have to demonstrate that access to other adjoining development land has been safeguarded. No access to any part of the site will be permitted off the northern boundary of the site along Gransha Park.
A 1.5 ha site sloping steeply from Prehen Wood towards the River Foyle. The site is bounded to the north east by residential development at Hillview Avenue and the north west by residential development along Hazelwood Avenue.
Development proposals must incorporate a site survey indicating the positions, species, heights and canopies of all existing trees and the means of protection of the trees during construction. In addition, a suitable landscaping scheme of native species will be required. A strip of land no less than 15 m and preferably up to 20 m from the existing fence line along the southern and south western boundaries of the site should be protected as a buffer zone between the AoLNCAI and any housing permitted on this land.
In order to protect the woodland interests of this site, access should be limited to a private drive or drives from Hazelwood Avenue and Hillview Avenue. This would permit a maximum of 10 dwellings on the site with each private drive serving no more than 5 houses.
Planning approval has been granted for 5 units and work has commenced.
Mixed Use Zoning
A 2.0 ha site at Southway on elevated ground overlooking the River Foyle and adjacent to existing high density housing development at Lonemoor Gardens. The site was previously used as a football pitch but has remained unused for approximately 10 years and is now overgrown and derelict. Previous workings on this site may warrant a thorough site investigation prior to the completion of design drawings to ensure that ground conditions are suitable for building purposes. The Department will accept a mixed use development of residential and industrial use on this site. Given the site’s proximity to existing and proposed housing, industry should be restricted to Class 4 (Light Industry) of the Schedule to the Planning (Use Classes) Order (Northern Ireland) 1989 as amended. As the site is prominent over a wide stretch of the Foyle Valley all new buildings should comply with the following criteria:
- be of a scale and design appropriate to their riverside setting;
- provide significant areas of soft landscaping and retain existing vegetation where possible;
- provide adequate screening of service, parking and storage areas from public view and neighbouring residential properties; and
- meet other normal planning requirements such as access, drainage.
Access to the site will be permitted off Southway.