A new £6.6m, 87-bedroom hotel in Portrush for Andras House has been given the go-ahead.
The planning committee at Causeway Coast and Glens Council dismissed concerns that the demolition of the former Londonderry Hotel for the new building could harm the “historic streetscape character” of the town centre.
The site has a long history as a hotel, with the former Londonderry Hotel first opening its doors around 1895. The hotel ceased trading in the 1980s and the current proposals will bring the site back to its historic use.
Andras Hotels director Rajesh Rana said: “We are absolutely over the moon and would like to thank the councilors for reviewing our revised proposals and recognizing the huge tourism benefit and economic investment we are seeking to deliver for Portrush and wider Causeway Coast area.”
It’s claimed the project will contribute an estimated £1.4m annually to the local economy, create 48 jobs during construction, and an additional 41 jobs when the hotel opens.