Derry Area Plan 2011
Central Area: Office Development Area
The Department designates an Office Development Area within the Central Area centred on Clarendon Street. Similar areas are designated at Dacre Terrace and Ebrington Terrace.
The Central Area has traditionally been the main location for office functions either at or above street level. In more recent times, a number of purpose built office blocks have been constructed. Although the Department will grant permission to office development within the Commercial Core, it is recognised that certain adjacent streets have been subjected to change of use generally from housing to office use. Within the defined areas change of use from housing to office use will normally be approved.
The Department will encourage, where possible, the re-use of vacant property above street level within the Commercial Core for office and business purposes.
There is a significant amount of vacant commercial property within the Central Area particularly at the second and third floor levels. It is important to bring this reserve back into economic use thus contributing to the creation of a vibrant and attractive Central Area.
New build office development will not normally be approved outside the Commercial Core.
It is important that there is no inappropriate dispersion of office jobs away from the Commercial Core so that the need for travel is minimised as much as possible in line with the principle of sustainability.