DOE backing for new hotel

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The north’s Department of the Environment has given it’s backing to a new 62 bed hotel in Derry.

The proposals for the hotel in William Street will now go before local councillors on March 6.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood says the new hotel would be “a real boost” to Derry’s tourism industry.

“New hotel developments in the run up to the City of Culture year in 2013 would be a real boost to the tourist industry here, while creating work for the construction sector.

“It will also provide new jobs, which is especially welcome in the present economic downturn. Stimulating the economy is a key ingredient in programme for government as indeed is Executive support for delivery on the City of Culture project.

“What I and the DOE are about is making Northern Ireland a better place to live, work and invest and this would certainly contribute to that. I am hopeful Derry City Council will back the proposal for the William Street development.”

In a separate application, approval has also now issued for the development of a 52 bed extension to the Tower Hotel.