A new 60-bed budget hotel is to be built in Ballymena.
The £8m development will include a restaurant, petrol station, shop and park and share facility.
Beechview Developments, owned by Bryan Orr, submitted the plans for the hotel, to be located on a greenfield site near the Larne Road Roundabout at Ballee.
Environment Minister Alex Attwood recommended the proposal for planning approval, which was ratified yesterday by Ballymena Borough Council.
"This will provide accommodation in the gateway to Slemish, the glens of Antrim and for those travelling to the north coast," he said.
Ballymena mayor Audrey Wales, who said the investment in overnight accommodation was needed in the area, added: "All too often we have had to tell people visiting the area that there are no beds for people to stay."
Access will be from the M2.