Planning approval has been granted for a new 40-bedroom hotel in Newry city centre – costing in excess of £2 million.
The decision was granted by Newry, Mourne and Down councillors on Wednesday morning.
Armagh I first revealed the proposals back in November 2019, which include a restaurant, gymnasium and coffee shop.
The proposed Hotel faces both Hill Street and The Mall and the application was made by Mamboscope Developments Ltd, Belfast.
The site at 90 Hill Street/ 10 The Mall currently is occupied by Toners of Newry.
The entrance lobby and reception of the new hotel will have a seated area and be accessed off the Mall, and will include a coffee dock.
The restaurant and bar can be accessed via reception or directly from the Mall, with separate doors to remain open during trading hours.
The coffee shop will have an entrance via Hill Street, situated between Vivo and Harry Corry Interiors stores.
Ground floor plans also include unisex toilet provision, kitchen and laundry facilities, as well as separate toilet and changing facilities for staff and designated area for the hotel porter.
The first, second and third floors – to which both stairs and lift access will be available throughout – will each boast 14 bedrooms.
The last of the bedrooms will be located on the fourth floor.
It is on this floor where hotel guests will have access to a fully-fitted gymnasium, complete with changing accommodation.
Speaking after granting the permission SDLP Councillor Gary Stokes, who seconded the proposal, thanked the officers for getting it through the system.
“Great news for Newry Chair, I hope you’ll agree, in these times, a new hotel for Newry, it’s good news.”