Ministers today gave the green light for a £10m extension to Galgorm Resort and Spa in Co Antrim.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has approved a scheme for 48 additional bedrooms and a new leisure suite, comprising a swimming pool and gym, at the Ballymena complex.
The current application is an amendment to a scheme previously approved in February 2012. The scheme designers are Dublin-based Douglas Wallace Consultants.
There were no objections to the proposal, the DoE said.
The complex is set in 163 acres of parkland with the River Maine flowing through the estate.
An £11m refurbishment programme in 2007 transformed the 25 bedroom former gentleman’s residence into a 75 bedroom 4 star deluxe resort & spa complex.
Mr Durkan said: “This is good news for Ballymena and the surrounding area. The new addition to this award winning resort will benefit tourism in mid-Antrim, providing high quality accommodation in an area that is the gateway to the Glens of Antrim and the scenic north coast.
“My Department is committed to delivering swiftly for business and prevent delays for those seeking to provide significant investment. Whilst some of the ground work was laid in an earlier planning approval, this amended scheme was turned around in under eight weeks.
“My vision is for the DOE to build a better environment and a stronger economy. This speedy decision on this hotel expansion will help do that.”