Derry City Council’s Planning Committee has rubber-stamped permission for a plush new hotel at the historic Northern Counties Building .
Those involved in the Inner City Trust development said they were delighted at reaching this major milestone.
The hotel will see derelict and vacant buildings stretching right across from Bishop Street within to London Street brought back into use for the first time in decades.
Full planning approval has now been granted for the 31-bed hotel, restaurant and associated facilities. Consent has also been given for alterations to and the refurbishment of existing properties to provide these facilities.
Inner City Trust have further been given the go ahead to demolish a number of extensions “of varying shapes, scales and materials”, all of which are in a poor state of disrepair, but the facade of the buildings will be saved as part of the project.
Crucial funding decisions for the multi-million pound project could also be decided upon within days.
Helen Quigley from Inner City Trust said: “We see it as acting as a catalyst for regeneration at the top of the city centre and enhancing the tourism product. We are aiming to have it open in 2015.”
Architect Karl Pedersen said the hotel would bring life back to an area of the town usually deserted at night.