Planning approval for £10million hotel at Tillie and Henderson site

The former Tillie and Henderson site. (0302PG04)
The former Tillie and Henderson site. (0302PG04)

A £10million hotel has been approved at the former Tillie and Henderson site in Derry.

The 139 bedroom hotel will be developed on the site at Abercorn Road, Tillie’s Brae and Foyle Road, Derry and will also include retail units, apartments and integral car parking.

The planning application was submitted by Andras House Ltd who own several hotels in Belfast including the Ramada Plaza Hotel at Shaw’s Bridge, the Holiday Inn Express, Days Hotel and two Ibis hotels.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan announced planning permission, “This is great news for Derry. With the recent announcement by Lonely Planet that Northern Ireland is in the top 10 European travel destinations, this very significant hotel in the heart of the city will enhance choice for tourists, business travellers as well as local people.

“It occupies a pivotal location on one of the prime entrance points to the historic core from Craigavon Bridge and will, when complete, regenerate a site that has been derelict for a number of years.

“I am committed to the regeneration of Derry City as the economic heart of the North West. Planning decisions on hotels, social housing, Ebrington, the Peace Bridge and the Science Park, show my firm commitment to help shape this historic City now and in to the future.”

The planning application was received by the Department on 8th April 2011.