16/02/2012

New Belfast Hotel Plans Submitted

The Department of Environment has put forward an opinion to approve a new 130 bed hotel in Great Victoria Street Belfast.

DOE planning officials will seek the views of Belfast City Council at a meeting later. If the proposal gets the go ahead, it will provide up to 60 jobs.

The new hotel would be built in the car park adjacent to Sandy Row, close to the Great Victoria street railway station.

Alex Attwood said: "A new hotel in Great Victoria Street would be a real boost to the tourist industry here, while creating work for the construction sector. It will also provide up to sixty new jobs, which is especially welcome in the present economic downturn. Stimulating the economy is a key ingredient in programme for government.

"It would also bring back life to an area which is currently underused, transforming a car park into an attractive tourist attraction in the heart of the city and improving the Great Victoria Street skyline. What I and DOE are about is making Northern Ireland a better place to live, work and invest and this would certainly contribute to that. I am hopeful Belfast City Council will back the proposal."

(GK)

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