High profile development site.
Strategic regeneration opportunity.
c. 15.31 Acres on the riverfront.
Outline planning permission for 885,619 sq ft.
Submission Date: 12 Noon Friday 9th November 2018
Derry~Londonderry is the second largest city in Northern Ireland and fourth largest city on the Island of Ireland. It is the ‘Capital of the North West’ and is at the core of the only functional economic city region of its scale which straddles the border into the Republic of Ireland.
Derry~Londonderry has an urban population in excess of 100,000, is the principal sub regional economic driver of a wider cross border City Region of over 350,000 people.
Fort George is a strategic site located on the west bank of the city.
This is a unique opportunity to undertake an urban regeneration scheme that returns this important site to a viable and sustainable economic use which acts as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the City.
The Department for Communities (DfC) is now inviting Expressions of Interest.
Fort George is strategically positioned off the Strand Road, one of the main arterial routes in to the city Centre and a key gateway location.
The site is located in an area of mixed use with such diverse businesses as a major supermarket, car showroom, retail park, hotel complex and residential, all of which are in close proximity.
It is also a fantastic river front site with excellent views across the River Foyle and access to the river-front walkway linking the peace bridge and the recently refurbished jetty.
The 6.2 hectare / 15.31 acre site has received outline planning permission for its regeneration.
The proposal sets out a development framework and provides for 82,274 square metres (885,619 sq ft) of gross floor space to include:
• Employment & education uses (R&D and Call Centre)
• Community facilities
• Bars and restaurants
• Multi-storey and surface car parking.
•15.32 6.2 6.2 Hectare / 15.32 acres.
•82,274 / 885,619 sq ft (gross) of potential developed space.
The planning application (Ref: A/2012/0335/0) was granted Outline Planning Permission on 2 December 2015 to bring forward a development framework for regenerating the site as follows:
“Major mixed use development to include residential; office, employment & education uses (including research & development/call centre) community facilities; retail; cafes, bars and restaurants; associated multi-storey and surface car parking; landscaping and environmental and roads infrastructure and involving ground remediation and infilling of land to establish new development levels. (amended description and EIA addendum)”
*All interested parties are advised to undertake their own enquiries and should visit the planning portal at www.planningni.gov.uk where the drawings can be viewed.
DfC is seeking approaches from all interested parties to undertake an urban regeneration scheme that returns this vacant opportunity site to a viable and sustainable economic use which acts as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the City.
The site has an existing vehicular access off the Pennyburn roundabout. Both the access and adjacent infrastructure are likely to require significant upgrading as part of any scheme proposal in order to meet the needs of and mitigate the impacts arising from the proposed development.
DfC has appointed Deane Public Works to undertake remediation works at Fort George. The works will be completed by March 2019.
The Department has “absolute title” to the Land at Fort George. It is freehold land registered in the Land Registry in Folio LY76878 County Londonderry.
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