29/11/2013

Proposed Development Would Benefit Waterside Area - SDLP

Foyle SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey has welcomed the the recommended planning approval for a regeneration project at Rossdowney Road in the Waterside area.

Mr Ramsey said the scheme has the potential to bring a "serious" economic boost to the area.

Speaking after the recommended approval given by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan on Thursday, Mr Ramsey said he is confident the application will receive the necessary approval, reflecting the confidence in the local economy.

He added: "This is welcome news as it's something the SDLP has been working on for a long time.

"This would be a significant investment boost into the locality and benefit, not just the immediate local area but the Waterside as a whole with opportunities for employment and community uses within the site."

Plans for the site, which is currently occupied by Niche Drinks, include a new food superstore with ancillary non-food, business innovation centre and the retention of the former school building for use as a crèche. The proposal also includes car parking, servicing and associated landscaping.

(JP/CD)

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