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Approval has been given to demolish the remains of the former Poundstretcher building on Derry’s Bishop Street to allow for a new family justice centre.

Members of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee approved a request to demolish it and approve a planning application to build a new Justice Centre.

The family justice centre – “One Safe Place” -, for Foyle Women’s Aid will consist of a reception, offices, family rooms, ancillary facilities and a public drop-in centre cafe at ground floor level with nine supported housing units in a separate associated block to the rear at 7-9 Bishop Street.

An application to demolish the former Poundstretcher building including its front façade floors and frame was granted subject to a number of conditions.

The proposed development comprises of a social enterprise café and shared justice centre that occupies the three floors of the building, which fronts onto Bishop Street and the nine supported living units, which are located on a new build block to the rear of the proposed Justice Centre/café.

The new build bloc will be a three story building that will include a family room space with covered open space for children along with nine apartments.

All planning application forms, drawings, letters etc. relating to this planning application are available to view on planningni.gov.uk

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