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Green light for key Derry regeneration scheme

Words: Roger Milne

The environment minister Mark H Durkan has approved the major regeneration of the former Ministry of Defence site at Fort George in Londonderry.

The master plan for the 6.2-hectare site includes residential, office and education uses, as well as retail, cafés, bars, restaurants and parking.

The former army base was acquired by the Department for Social Development in 2004.

Durkan said: "This is great news for Derry and the wider region.

"This is a major regeneration site in the city and the approval now provides certainty on the scale and type of development that will be acceptable," added the minister.

"It also allows work to be completed on the decontamination of the site and ensures that the site is ready for inward investment.

"I believe that this approval will also serve to reinvigorate this part of the city both physically and functionally."

Social development minister Mervyn Storey welcomed the outline permission.

“This is a major step towards the further redevelopment of a strategic site which, as the success of the Science Park shows, can host the type of employment that will create real social and economic benefits for the city.”