29/04/2011

Builders Hope For Hotel Redevelopment Boost

There are construction jobs in the offing as the owners of a Belfast hotel this week revealed fresh plans for its redevelopment and extension.

Last year planners blocked a proposal to demolish and rebuild the Wellington Park Hotel alongside a new apartment block.

The Planning Appeals Commission said the development would have failed to create a quality residential environment and damaged the character of the Malone Conservation area.

Hundreds of temporary building jobs could be created if the new plan - that envisions a partial demolition and rebuild, adding 94 bedrooms and a number of serviced apartments - goes ahead.

It will further develop the current 75 bedroom hotel which varies between two and five storeys high.

Despite being backed by Belfast City Council, the previous plan for its extension received more than 155 objections.

The hotel is owned by the Mooney family, who also control the Dunadry Hotel and operate the Armagh City Hotel.

(JG/BMcC)

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