Plans for apartments at former shirt factory given green light

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Plans for a new apartment building occupying the former Tillie and Henderson site in Derry have been given the green light this week.

The new development, which will be located at the cityside end of the Craigavon Bridge overlooking the River Foyle, will comprise of 131 modern apartments, and the development will also feature a number of other facilities including a café, library, hair salon and gym.

The report recommending the approval of full planning permission also includes 44 parking spaces to be available on site, as well as communal amenity space for residents.

The plans are set to transform the prime development site which has lain derelict for many years.

The former listed factory building was demolished in 2003 after it was destroyed by a fire.

Planning approval had previously been granted in 2014 for a mixed-use development incorporating 139 bed hotel.

There are also proposals to recreate the iconic staircase that once linked the Tillie and Henderson building to the Craigavon Bridge.

Plans submitted by the developer indicate that the apartments will be split into three blocks offering contemporary living space with high specification finishings throughout.

The one and two bedroom apartments will be located over eight floors on to Foyle Road and five storeys onto Abercorn Road, and the exterior finish will be clay brick replicating the heritage of the shirt factory site.

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