Derry Area Plan 2011
Appendix 7: City Housing Zonings (Page 4 of 10)
An area of approximately 118.0 ha to the west of the Buncrana Road and bounded by existing residential development at Ballymagroarty and Whitehouse Park, the Maple Road to the north and the City Development Limit to the west.
This particular area has few significant natural features with the exception of a small portion of land to the south of Whitehouse Road which falls southwards towards a heavily treed valley. Most of the site consists mainly of open fields subdivided by low hedgerows which slope gently downwards from west to east towards the Coshquin Road and the Buncrana Road beyond. Apart from small concentrations of mature trees screening several dwellings dispersed throughout the site there is little existing vegetation. Additional landscaping as appropriate will be required to integrate future housing. The western boundary of the site should be strengthened by a belt of mature planting to help assimilate and soften the development impact on the open countryside.
It is important to ensure that adequate open space is made available. 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.
These lands should be accessed by 2 roundabouts on the Buncrana Road as indicated with a local distributor road linking the roundabouts. The existing Coshquin Road could be connected into this new road at various locations. The Whitehouse Road north and south of Coshquin Road would need to be upgraded to serve the land to the south and connected to the local distributor road as indicated. The road layout shown is indicative of what will be required. The exact alignment and solution to the access to all of the lands will be a matter for developers who will have to demonstrate that access to other adjoining development land has been safeguarded.