New social houses to be built in Creggan

St Peter's High School in Derry
Image caption The 127 new homes will be built on the former St. Peter's High School site

The environment minister has granted planning permission for 127 new social houses in Londonderry.

Mark H Durkan said the development would "bring much needed local jobs and investment to the area".

The homes will make up a new residential development at the former St Peter's High School site in Creggan.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that there were more than 3,000 people on the social housing waiting list in Derry.

'Acute Shortage'

Mark H Durkan said it would help address the shortage in the area.

"This is a good news story for the city providing much needed social housing, in an area that has been identified as having an acute shortage," he said.

"The project also provides specifically designed, disabled access friendly units to meet the complex needs of members of the local community.

"Decisions like this show how planning can help create win-wins for the local community and the economy."

The development will comprise of six four-bedroom houses, 63 three-bedroom houses, 30 two-bedroom houses and 28 one-bedroom apartments.

The 127 new homes will be built by the Apex Housing Association.

The department has also recently approved 180 social housing units on a neighbouring site at Ballymagowan.

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