Northern Ireland

Two new Derry hotels to create 105 jobs

Image caption Two new hotels in Londonderry have been approved

Two hotels, which have just received planning permission, will create 105 jobs in Londonderry, Environment Minister Alex Attwood has said.

Permission has been granted to Premier Inn for a 60-bedroom hotel and restaurant on a site at Crescent Link in the Waterside.

A 116-bedroom hotel and cultural venue on the Strand Road run by the Duddy Group has also been approved.

It is to create 45 jobs and the Premier Inn 60 - both full-time and part-time.

"This is a welcome example of planning serving economic needs at a time of opportunity for the city," Mr Attwood said.

"I am determined to move the planning system up through the gears into sixth gear to maximise the full range of planning opportunities; crucially those with major economic benefit."

The Premier Inn is part of a much bigger development proposed for Crescent Link. The developers are the Orana Group who recently lost control of the Outlet in Banbridge.

Planning applications have been submitted for two further hotels in Derry.

The McGinnis Group have submitted an application to build a 100-bed hotel and a supermarket on land adjacent to the Caw roundabout on the Clooney Road.

Lord Rana's Andras House firm has submitted a plan for a 139-bed hotel, two shops and 15 apartments on the site of the former Tillie and Henderson shirt factory.