Derry Area Plan 2011
Appendix 7: City Housing Zonings (Page 3 of 10)
A 37.5 ha site located between the line of the proposed Skeoge Link Road and the existing Lower Galliagh Road and extending to the Buncrana Road. The area which is mainly undulating comprises a series of open fields which rise gently in an easterly direction from the Buncrana Road. Existing vegetation, consisting mainly of hedgerows with some mature trees dispersed throughout the area, should be retained where possible and supplemented by additional landscaping as appropriate to integrate future housing.
It is important to ensure that adequate open space is made available within the site. Land has not been specifically zoned for this purpose so as not to restrict unduly the design of future housing layouts, however, provision of open space should be incorporated within the overall scheme at an early stage in the design process. While a density range of 15-30 dwellings per hectare is considered suitable, development should respect existing slopes and contours.
No direct access will be permitted to these lands off the proposed Skeoge Link Road. The road layout shown is indicative only and the exact alignment of the link road and the inter-connection will be the subject of a more detailed discussion and public consultation before construction proceeds.
The implementation of the Skeoge Link Road will provide for the interconnection of the Upper Galliagh Road and Buncrana Road. Development will be allowed to proceed in advance of provision of the Skeoge Link Road by the Department subject to conditions which set out the concept of proportionality at PPS 1 (para 65) and PPS 3.
Storm drainage from the development of the site may be taken via a number of undesignated watercourses or by the provision of a new main storm sewer. Prior to the completion of any design works developers are strongly advised to consult with Planning Service, Water Service and Rivers Agency. Overhead electricity lines traverse the site.