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Radius Housing, in partnership with Sean Dolan’s GAC, plan to deliver 119 new homes, alongside sports and community facilities.
8th January 2021
Radius Housing has welcomed the granting of planning approval for a major social housing and community project in the Creggan area of Derry/Londonderry. The project, which is being undertaken in partnership with Sean Dolan’s GAC, will see 119 new social homes constructed, alongside the extension and refurbishment of the existing club house and provision of a new multi-use community facility.
The ambitious development proposals will transform the lands to the west of the current Sean Dolan GAC grounds at Bligh’s Lane and represent a potential investment in excess of £20million in the Creggan area. With planning permission now secured, Radius will continue to work with the GAA, Derry City and Stabane District Council, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the Department for Communities, to ensure all aspects are in place so the project can realise the wide ranging economic and social benefits for the local community and wider area.
Alongside the significant investment in new social housing in an area of acute housing need, this project will support both Sean Dolan’s ambition to develop as a club and also the wider strategic plans of the GAA in growing the prominence of Gaelic games across the city. A range of other opportunities, activities and events, which will have a positive impact on the wider Creggan community, will also be facilitated as a result of the project.
Radius Housing is a leading housing developer, constructing more than 400 new social and affordable homes each year. Radius also manages more than 13,000 social homes, and provides care and support for many more across Northern Ireland. This project is the latest Radius development in the North West, with construction currently underway on the former site of Ebrington Primary School.
Speaking after Derry City & Strabane District Council approved the planning application, Anita Conway, Director of Development at Radius Housing, said: “We are delighted that planning permission has been granted for this ambitious project, and that we have achieved the first major milestone to start the new year. We have been working with Sean Dolan’s GAC and the other partner organisations forover three years , and we see this as an innovative way to deliver high quality homes and support essential community development.
“This is so much more than a housing project and a sports hub. This will be a vital economic and social driver for the Creggan area and City wide. Working with community based clubs like Sean Dolan’s allows Radius to help them realise their untapped potential, and bring much needed homes to the local area.”
Ms Conway added: “While this is an important milestone, we are already working on the next steps to ensure that everything is in place to help Radius achieve the ambition of this wonderful project.”
The proposal is for the construction of:
· 46 No 3 person/ 2 bedroom houses
· 4 No 3 person/ 2 bedroom wheelchair accessible houses
· 33 No 5 person/ 3 bedroom houses
· 4 No 5 person/ 3 bedroom wheelchair accessible houses
· 13 No 2 person/ 1 bedroom apts
· 5 No 3 person/ 2 bedroom apts
· 2 No 3 person/ 2 bedroom wheelchair accessible apts
· 8 No 6 person/ 4 bedroom wheelchair houses
· 2 No 2 person/ 1 bedroom apts for the active elderly
· 2 No 3 person/ 2 bedroom apts for the active elderly