Northern Ireland

65 new 'social' homes for Londonderry

Plans for a new social housing project in Londonderry have been given the go-ahead.

The project had been at the centre of a long-running dispute between developers and residents in West End Park.

Sixty-five new houses are to be built by North and West Housing on the site of the former United Technologies factory in Bligh's Lane, in the Creggan area of the city.

Sinn Fein Councillor for the Bogside and Brandywell Patricia Logue has welcomed approval being granted to the project.

Councillor Logue said the development would bring other benefits as well as providing much-needed housing for the city.

"This development will also fit in with several other regeneration projects that have taken place on Bligh's Lane in the past 12 months, such as the new St Cecilia's College and the major repair work at Jacqueline Way and Nualamont Drive," she said.