Planning approved for Acorn Farm at Ebrington Barracks, Derry

Planning has been approved to change a former helicopter pad at Ebrington barracks, Derry into an Acorn Farm.

The proposals will transform the derelict site previously occupied by the Ministry of Defence into an £6.2m urban farm where people can learn how to grow their own plants and food.

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee approved the capital development proposals for the Acorn Farm growing space project.

It will see the development of domes and an annex building, a glasshouse, sheds, vegetable gardens, service area, parking and access road for the urban farm.

The site of the project is on lands opposite Ebrington barracks and was previously used as a helicopter pad for the military.

Chair of the Council’s Planning Committee, Councillor John Boyle says Acorn Farm will utilise the best possible growing techniques, technologies and sciences to produce food that is local, seasonal and readily available.

The site has already been clear felled to make way for the development in line with previous planning approval.

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