Council begins consultation on new cemetery project


Council last year confirmed it had successfully acquired land at 64 Mullenan Road, Mullenan, Derry BT48 9XW to develop a new cemetery which will meet the city’s long-term strategic burial needs in a foreseeable future. This rural site will be accessed via a new entrance from Mullenan Road.

It has taken 10 years for this extremely important Council capital development project to reach this stage and follows the due diligence of the Council’s internal team who worked to identify and assess a number of potential sites. Following extensive technical assessments, it has been agreed that the Mullenan Road site is the most suitable for a development of this nature and scale.

As part of the engagement process, the Council is inviting comments from the general public on the proposed development and is hosting a public information event next month to help with this process.

The City of Derry Cemetery is approaching capacity. DER2017GS026

The public information event is due to take place on Tuesday 4 October 2022 between 3pm and 9pm at Ballougry Primary School, 30 Mullenan Road, Derry, BT48 9XN, where members of the public are encouraged to attend. Details of the project will be made available to the public and Council officers will be available to provide information and answer questions.

Encouraging people to attend and get involved in the consultation process, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Cllr Sandra Duffy said this was a hugely significant capital investment by the Council .

She said: “The public information session is a great way for the public to learn more about the project and I encourage all interested parties to join us and be part of this important engagement process. .”

“The proposed development will see the creation of a cemetery which includes the provision of approximately 4000 burial plots with associated parking/landscaping. It will also include a memorial service building and garden, deposits for ashes, conversion of the existing dwelling into an administrative building, removal of existing outbuildings and construction of operations/yard buildings. A new pedestrian link will be created towards the route de Ballougry to facilitate the pedestrian/bicycle connection to the ‘Ligne’ greenway”.

The Mayor explained that the public meeting is part of a three-month pre-application community consultation period that is required before Council submits a major planning application under the Planning Act. (NI) 2011.

For those unable to attend the October 4 briefing, there will also be the opportunity to view the proposals and give feedback via the Council’s online consultation function, which will be available from October 4. at Hard copies of the proposals will also be available for inspection at the reception of the Council offices at 98 Strand Road Derry and 47 Derry Road Strabane.

A written submission can also be made directly to Council and should be marked – New Municipal Cemetery, Mullenan Road, Mullenan, Derry, and addressed to Derry City and Strabane District Council, 98 Strand Road, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 7NN.

The deadline for submission is – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2022.

The public is advised that representations relating to this proposal should not be made to the Planning Department at this stage and advised that when a development application is formally submitted, it will be possible to do so.


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