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Derry Area Plan 2011
Part 6: Housing

The number of new dwellings required over the Plan period has been estimated by taking account of the likely increase in population, the long established trend towards smaller households, the replacement of unfit dwellings, the elimination of sharing and vacancy rates. It is estimated that around 10,500 new dwellings may be required in the Derry City Council Area between 1996-2011.
The possible distribution of this housing need within the District is as follows:
  • Londonderry: 8,500
  • Villages and Small Settlements: 1,500
  • The Countryside: 500
The following housing policies are aimed at ensuring that an adequate and continuous supply of housing land is identified to facilitate the provision of a range of housing opportunities to meet the needs of the community. The Department is committed to ongoing monitoring of the take-up of housing land. At present, this is carried out on an annual basis. It is proposed to continue the monitoring on a regular basis as resources permit.
Many development sites will require the improvement of existing infrastructure and/or the provision of additional infrastructure to enable the development to take place. The infrastructure works may include roads, water and sewerage or land drainage. It is Government policy to require developers to bear all or part of these infrastructure costs. This policy applies to both public and private sector developments. Where appropriate, planning agreements under Article 40 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 may be used to enable development to proceed.
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