AS councillors prepare to vote on controversial plans to rezone Toppins Field, one member has said there is “nothing to fear” from changing the use of the site.
At present, the land on the southside is zoned as residential, which means only housing can be built there. However, this land is derelict, and Cllr Ger Fahy says it has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour.
City manager Tom Mackey is looking to see this land rezoned to allow for commercial development, with indications a major supermarket could capitalise.
This has raised fears the doughnut effect could be exacerbated and drive more shoppers away from the city’s ailing centre.
But, cllr Fahy said any development would “complement the city”. And he stressed that it is by no means guaranteed that the site will only be home to a commercial development.
“All this is doing is giving us a degree of flexibility in which to revitalise this 14-acre suburban area which would then allow for retail units, but also allow for residential uses. So I think it is a win situation for all concerned,” he said.