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Huge housing bid for Desmond site

A bird's eye view of the proposed Faughanside development site; formerly the site of the Desmond and Sons factory.

A bird's eye view of the proposed Faughanside development site; formerly the site of the Desmond and Sons factory.

 

Two major Northern Ireland property companies have applied for permission to create a massive housing development at the long derelict Desmond and Sons factory site in Drumahoe, the Sentinel can reveal.

Lagmar Properties Ltd. wants to build 179 units in total (both detached and semi-detached) with associated landscaping and vehicular access.

The company is a joint venture between the Lagan Group and MAR Properties Ltd.

Just over a year ago the former Planning Minister Alex Attwood knocked back an alternative proposal by another company, D&A Properties Ltd., to transform the old factory site into a £50m complex incorporating an ice rink, cinema, bowling alley, soccer dome, restaurants, retail units and health care facility.

Refusing the D&A development he said: “there (was) an impact on other retail centres along with traffic impact issues.”

Planners were also unhappy with “a lack of information in terms of natural heritage concerns and impact on the character of the area.”

 

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