Derry Area Plan 2011
Central Area: Redevelopment
Despite the accomplishments of the recent past, there remain areas ripe for redevelopment within the Central Area. These are indicated on Map 3 as Redevelopment Areas and Opportunity Sites. They differ only in so far as the former represent significant tracts of land whereas the Opportunity Sites are smaller in scale.
The Department defines 3 Redevelopment Areas at Meadowbank, McFarland Quay and Queen’s Quay. Within these areas the Department will encourage a comprehensive approach to regeneration.
All of these areas lie at the interface between City and River and consequently particular attention will be paid as to how proposals address this strategic location.
The Department defines Opportunity Sites within the Central Area.
These opportunity sites are at St. Columb’s Road, Good Shepherd Convent, Dunfield Terrace, Bishop Street Within and Bishop Street Without, Palace Street, East Wall, Foyle Street (2 sites), Victoria Market, Clyde Street and College Terrace. Work has already commenced on a number of these areas. Some of these sites are particularly suitable for certain uses and, where appropriate, these preferred uses have been indicated on Map 3.
On sites not so designated, the Department will assess each proposal separately and on its individual merits bearing location or neighbouring uses in mind.
The City has enjoyed a long and rich maritime history centred on the river. Important aspects of this history have included emigration from the north west, wartime naval base and, until recently, port activities and related industrial uses.
The relocation of the port downstream to Lisahally has provided the opportunity and the need to consider a comprehensive overview for the future development of the riverside and to realise its potential in contributing to the activities of the City. The Department recognises the widespread public desire to re-establish a meaningful relationship between the City and its river and to make use of this resource for the wider economic and environmental benefits of the City and District.
The Riverside (see Map 4) is important because it has:
- a very high visual profile;
- the major regenerative schemes either within or immediately adjacent to it;
- a reserve of under-used and derelict land capable of accommodating significant development;
- the focus of the transportation network;
- immense undeveloped amenity and recreation potential.
The Department’s strategy for the riverside is:
- to re-establish activity by developing connections between the City and its river;
- to utilise fully under-used land for the economic and environmental benefit of the City;
- to achieve good urban design, improving the image of the City.