PLANNING permission is now being sought for a redevelopment at Strabane’s traveller halting site.
Closed back in 2015, Greenbrae had been dubbed the worse site in the North by a family living there. At one point three abandoned caravans which where delaying the clean up of the site, were deliberately set alight. After these were removed concrete bollards were installed to effectively seal the site off.
Since then a clean-up operation has taken place and the area has been cleared with a view to making it more appropriate for traveller families.
This week, whilst the Housing Executive could not provide any time-scale as to when Greenbrae would again be operational, a spokesperson revealed that liaisons are now taking place with Derry City and Strabane District Council with a view to gaining planning permission for a redevelopment.
The spokesperson could not however, give any indication of what this development might include.
A Housing Executive spokesperson said, “We are keen to begin remedial works at Greenbrae to bring the site up to the required standard as soon as possible.
“Before remedial works can begin we needed to clear the site which has now been completed.
“Currently, we are seeking planning permission for the travellers’ halt and have written to Derry City and Strabane District Council planning department asking for a meeting to hold pre-application discussions. We are awaiting a response from the council.”
For its part, council re-emphasised the point that reopening Greenbrae ultimately lies with the Executive.
A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council confirmed, “NI Housing Executive has responsibility for the traveller halting site at Greenbrae but council has been assisting in the clean-up of the area in recent months and significant progress has been made. Responsibility for the reopening of the site lies with the Housing Executive.”