Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Councillor Tony Hassan has called on the Minister for the Environment Mark H Durkan to resolve once and for all the ongoing problems around Article 40 at Buncrana Road H2 site.
Councillor Hassan said there appears to be an ongoing logjam with Planning service, developers and landowners of the H2 site on the Buncrana Road .
Councillor Tony Hasssan
The future of this site has been an ongoing problem for over 10 years and not one development has been approved.
The planning service told councillors in this city in December of last year that issues around article 40 should be resolved by February of this year. It is now August 2014 and there is still no agreement.
This land could be used for a large development of social Housing and I know that at least two housing associations are very interested to build social homes on the site to help the over 2,000 families who are presently on the homeless waiting list in Derry.
The development of this massive site would also bring work to the construction industry in the city and take many constructing workers off the dole.
If the landowners and developers can’t agree then the Minister should step in and free the land up for local housing associations.