A developer has proposed to build a new 24 bed boutique hotel with bar and restaurant facilities in Foyle Street and Shipquay Place.
Elm Village Company Ltd. had their planning application to demolish the rear block house to the rear of 7-15 Foyle Street and refurbishment of the building to boutique hotel approved at a meeting of the Derry City and Strabane District Council (D.C.S.D.C.) Planning Committee on Wednesday afternoon.
The application also included an extension to the rear of 17 Foyle Street, including a replacement of a flat roof with slated pitched roof; removal of metal fire escape stairs and the refurbishment of 1-4 Shipquay Place.
The proposed hotel will have the bar and restaurant on the ground floor whilst all 24 rooms would be located above the ground floor.
Sinn Fein Councillor, Tony Hassan, welcomed the approval and said it was good for the city.
“It’s good to see another hotel coming to Derry and I hope to see it up and running in the not too distant future.”
SDLP Councillor, Gus Hastings, echoed Colr. Hassan’s sentiments.
“It’ll be great to see old buildings in the city centre brought back to life again,” said Colr. Hastings.
“These buildings have become awfully run down and some have trees growing out of the front of them.
“I am not against trees per se but I just don’t think they should be growing out of the front of buildings.”
The planning application was passed unanimously by the Planning Committee.