60 room hotel plan for Bogside

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Plans are underway to build a 60 bedroom hotel on the edge of Derry’s Bogside.

A submission has been lodged with the Planning Service seeking permission for the construction of the facility at William Street and Prince Arthur Street.

The proposal includes plans to demolish a three storey retail unit and the existing Bradley and McLaughlin funeral directors building - which includes a store and garage.

The application states that the plans are for a “mixed use development” comprising a ground floor retail unit for a butchers/delicatessen, a restaurant/hotfood takeaway, a taxi rank/dispatch office and a 60 bedroom hotel “ranging from four to ten storeys”.

The ten storey section of the building is planned to back on to the Embassy building, giving expansive views of the Foyle Valley.

The planned development, which will be on the site adjacent to and inclusive of 25 William Street and 3A Prince Arthur Street, will increase the current building size on the site from 485m.sq. to 3,916 m.sq.

The planning application has been made Allied Shipping Suppliers, a company based in Campsie Industrial Estate.