Premier Inn granted planning permission for Lisburn expansion
The owners of Lisburn's Premier Inn Hotel have been given planning permission to build another 51 bedrooms at the venue.
Whitbread plc's bid to add a three-storey extension to the hotel was granted planning permission by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.
It will bring to 141 the number of rooms at the Hillsborough Road complex.
The project, valued at around £3m, comes just months after Beannchor was given the go ahead for a new £4m hotel in Lisburn Square.
The hospitality group behind Belfast's five-star Merchant Hotel said the new 52-bed Haslem Hotel will create 75 jobs.
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council is also actively seeking an investor for another new hotel in the city.
The council has identified the former car park overlooking Lisburn's historic Castle Gardens as a potential site for the premises.
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The local authority set up an investment team in February with the goal of finding a developer to build a hotel with a minimum of 80 bedrooms at the 1.39-acre site on Castle Street in the city.
Whitbread said its plan for Lisburn is part of an initiative to expand to 110,000 rooms across the UK and Ireland in response to customer demand. The company has seven Premier Inn hotels in Northern Ireland, with an eighth due to open in Bangor.
Whitbread said that alongside new hotels, its strategy has focused on expanding existing venues that are performing well but have limited capacity.
The expansion in Lisburn, which was officially signed off by the council's planning department last week, will see a three-storey extension built to the west of the current hotel.
It will result in the loss of some 31 parking spaces.