Tillie and Henderson: £10m Derry hotel and retail plan approved

Image caption The iconic Tillie and Henderson factory employed thousands of people at the height of the textile industry in Derry

Planning permission has been granted for a £10m hotel and retail development in Londonderry.

The 139 bedroom hotel will be developed on the former Tillie and Henderson shirt factory site at Abercorn Road, Tillie's Brae and Foyle Road.

Planning has been granted to Andras House Ltd.

The Tillie and Henderson site has been empty since the former factory, a listed building, was demolished after a fire in 2003.

An earlier development plan was rejected in 2005.

"This is great news for Derry," said environment minister Mark H Durkan.

"With the recent announcement by Lonely Planet that Northern Ireland is in the top 10 European travel destinations, this very significant hotel in the heart of the city will enhance choice for tourists, business travellers as well as local people.

"It occupies a pivotal location on one of the prime entrance points to the historic core from Craigavon Bridge and will, when complete, regenerate a site that has been derelict for a number of years.


"I am committed to the regeneration of Derry as the economic heart of the north west.

"Planning decisions on hotels, social housing, Ebrington, the Peace Bridge and the Science Park, show my firm commitment to help shape this historic city now and in to the future."

Director of Andras House, Rajesh Rana, said: "We are pleased that the Tillie and Henderson site has received planning approval after a protracted planning process.

"Andras House recognises the importance and history of this site to the city of Derry/Londonderry and it is a priority to our company to bring this site forward for development now that planning has been received."

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