Derry City Council has ratified planning approval for the redevelopment of the former Gino’s retail store in Derry.
The plans include a new cafe/restaurant to the front of the property and a bar to the rear of 34 Shipquay Street.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “This is a real boost for Shipquay Street. I very much welcome Derry City Council’s backing for the re-use of a vacant property which lies within the Historic City Conservation Area.
“This project will inject investment into the Historic City whilst bringing a vacant property back into use and adding to the vitality and viability of the city centre. What I am about is a better environment and stronger economy. This decision will help that.”
Derry City Council was consulted with the proposal at its meeting of 5 August 2014.
The applicants are the owners of the adjacent River Inn and Glue Pot Bars.
The Department said it had received no representations relating to the proposal, which was presented to the meeting of Derry City Council on 5 August 2014 with an opinion to approve.