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Planning permission granted for new Mencap development

PLANS for a new £2.2million supported living accommodation development in Strabane progressed this week as councillors gave it the go-ahead.

Full planning permission has been granted to build seven residential units and a separate short term break accommodation unit at Curlyhill Road.

The project aims to offer supported accommodation and short breaks for people with learning difficulties, offering them more independence and respite for their parents and carers.

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The facility, which will be based at what is known as ‘the Gentleman’s Residence’ on the Curlyhill, is a co-development between Mencap, Golden Lane Housing and the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

As part of the development the period house currently located on the site will be renovated and brought back to life.

Welcoming the news Barry McMenamin, regional operations manager for Mencap NI said, “Mencap and Golden Lane Housing are delighted to have secured full planning permission to create opportunities for supported living; and outline planning permission to develop short breaks accommodation at Curlyhill Road, for people who have a learning disability.

“We held a series of consultations with the local community and related stakeholders including the Western Health and Social Care Trust. This project has been developed to ensure peoples needs can be fully met through our principle of creating ‘ordinary houses on an ordinary street’.

“Securing these planning permissions is a very welcome step in the project programme, and we are grateful to Derry and Strabane Council for their diligence and professional-ism throughout the process,” he explained.

“As part of our proposals, the existing period house will be retained, sympathetically extended and renovated to create attractive modernised and functional living spaces for new tenants.

“Now, of course there is much work for our project team to do, in order to deliver much needed services for the people of Strabane and wider environs. We look forward to continuing our engagement with people who have a learning disability and other related stakeholders to develop these schemes as a priority.”

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