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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Council backs luxury hotel development

Arthur Mooney (front centre) and representatives from Mooney Property Group made a presentation to the Council's Planning Committee last week, pictured with Chairman of the Council's Economic Development Committee, CIIr Allan Ewart; Chairman of the Planning Committee, CIIr William Leathem and Director of Environmental Services, Colin McClintock.

PROPOSALS for a luxury five star hotel and spa development on the Hillhall Road have been welcomed by local councillors.

Councillors agreed to support the project after representatives from the Mooney Property Group attended the Council's Planning Committee meeting last week, where they outlined their plans for the complex which will include a five star hotel in keeping with the linen theme of the area with 96 bedrooms in total and a spa featuring steam rooms, rock saunas, ice rooms, relaxation areas, a gym and restaurant.

This follows suppont previously expressed by the Council from a tourism perspective, which indicated that the five-star development would service the top end of the local market and play a role in encouraging international tourism to Lisburn.

Speaking at the meeting, hotelier Arthur Mooney thanked the Council for their support of the project. "It gives us great pleasure to work with the council and we hope to contribute to your vision for a five star spa and hotel, which is unique not only to Lisburn but also to Northern Ireland' he said.

The proposal is the latest in a serive of planning applications and approvals for a range of hotels in the City.

In addition to approvals for a luxury golf resort and hotel at Hillsborough, applications for a country house hotel at Eglantine, a hotel on the Moira Road and a Premier Inn on the Hillsborough Road, Lisburn have all recently been appnoved. The Planning Service is also considering another application on the Hillsborough Road.

Chairman of the Council's Planning Committee, Cllr William Leathem said: "The number of applications to develop hotels in the City is an indication of the interest by developers and it is hoped that construction work on at least two of these projects will commence later this year."



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