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Planning Permission has been granted for a 40 bedroom hotel in the centre of Newry. The decision was made at this mornings Planning Committee meeting of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The agenda item was proposed by Newry City Councillor, Cllr Gary Stokes and seconded by Crotlieve Councillor, Cllr Jarlath Tinnelly and the presentation explained how it will ""contribute to the viability and vitality of the city centre"
An artists impression by GMR Architects Belfast of the new 40 bedroom hotel fronting The Mall in Newry.

The proposed Hotel faces both Hill Street and The Mall and the application was made by Mamboscope Developments Ltd, Belfast and Agents GMR Architects, Belfast. The site at 90 Hill Street/ 10 The Mall currently is occupied by Toners of Newry.

Both buildings are listed and the existing form and fabric of the buildings will be retained.

Number 90 Hill Street was built around 1820-1839. Numbers 9/10 The Mall are cited as being occupied by Martin, Nesbitt and Irwin from 1914 and previously it may have been a tea warehouse according to the Listed Building status.

The location of the new hotel fronting both Hill Street and The Mall. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/
The location of the new hotel fronting both Hill Street and The Mall. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/

The Planning Application sites change of use from existing retail/storage to 40 bedroom hotel with restaurant/ bar, gymnasium and coffee shop. Demolition of existing single storey infill and creation of four storey infill extension. It also includes reinstatement of existing window openings on the historic rear elevation.

The proposals include a restaurant on the ground floor adjacent to the reception which will front The Mall and a Coffee Shop fronting Hill Street. Bedrooms will occupy the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors with a gym on the 4th floor. The majority of rooms will be double en-suite.

The Hill Street frontage of the new hotel. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/
The Hill Street frontage of the new hotel. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/

It will be the first hotel in the Hill Street vicinity in many years. Former hotels included the Boulevard Hotel, Victoria Hotel, Imperial Hotel and White Cross Hotel to name a few.

There will be no parking on site but the site is located within easy walking distance to the bus station and a number of car parks. The Planning Department have determined a flexible approach would be applied in regard to parking requirements, with a condition applied that a level of parking would be provided off site elsewhere to serve the development. A report commissioned for the application referred to parking facilities for other applications close by and said "that even during “normal times” there is adequate parking available within Newry City Centre and that this development will be able to be serviced by the parking that is already available.

Speaking after the granting of permission Cllr Stokes 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."

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