A new 152-bedroom hotel with a leisure spa, meeting rooms, restaurant and bar facilities is set to be developed on the site of a former army base on Derry's Ebrington Square.
According to The Belfast Telegraph, the freshly approved four-storey venue will incorporate three existing structures on Ebrington Square, including the clock tower, while the reception will be located in a new building between the clock tower and the existing Captain's House.
Commenting on the news, chair of Derry City and Strabane District Council's planning committee Dan Kelly said, "Tourism is a key economic driver for Derry and Strabane, and with bed nights on the increase, the development of the new hotel is timely, and will be a great asset in terms of growing the city's capacity to accommodate guests.
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"The fact the hotel is based at one of the city's most scenic and historic sites will also be a great draw for tourists, especially with the proposed new maritime museum located on site.
"The hotel, in tandem with the additional plans for the development of a temporary public car park and a new brewery at the site, will further enhance the potential of Ebrington Square."
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