Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed the news that major ambitious plans for the former Arntz site are to come before the planning committee of Derry and Strabane District Council this Thursday
Councillor Cooper said “For a number of years I have been in discussions with council and the owners of the site on their plans to transform the vacant site of the former Arntz belting company.
“We are now at the stage where proposals will come before the councils planning committee this Thursday to develop a range of facilities including car parking in a semibasement, Superstore, Restaurant, Self Service Filling Station, servicing and landscaping. Of particular interest is the proposal that a building be developed on site which could house a primary healthcare facility which could provide local residents with a one stop shop medical facility on their doorstep.
“The total net job creation of the proposal taking account of projected displacement is over 300 jobs.
“As part of the proposals the developers will be required to carry out upgrading of road signalisation on the Buncrana Road and also the Fort George roundabout before any construction work can take place on the Arntz site. This will improve traffic flow in the area which will undoubtedly be welcomed by residents of the Lower Strand and Buncrana Road areas.
“I am hopeful that the application will be passed by the committee which will lead to a long derelict site being transformed”