New luxury spa hotel for Northern Ireland will create 100 jobs
A new four star spa hotel that would create more than 100 jobs is expected to get the green light from planners next week.
The 120-bedroom hotel at Ballyreagh Road near Portstewart has been recommended for approval by Causeway Coast and Glens Council officials and could be ready by 2019 when the Open golf championship comes to the area.
The luxury facility will also include conference facilities for 350 people and offer holiday cottages on site.
The application has won support from East Londonderry DUP MLA Maurice Bradley, who said the new hotel will be an important economic driver for the area.
He added: "It is pleasing that this application, listed on the agenda in next week's Causeway Coast and Glens Planning Committee, has been recommended as an approved by planners.
"The developers have had many obstacles put in their way to try and hamper this project, but finally they are close to seeing the project coming to fruition.
"Spa hotels are becoming more and more popular within the hospitality industry, with people looking for an escape from their busy lives.
"I have no doubt that the spa element of this hotel will be a huge attraction to a whole new clientele for the Causeway Coast and Glens area."
Mr Bradley added: "It is my hope that the decision makers, our councillors, will see sense and grant this hotel approval. It would be a crying shame if there are any further delays placed on this development."