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Thumbs up for new £14m hotel and spa overlooking Carlingford Lough

Seven Hills Hotel and Spa

Planner shave given the thumbs up to build a new £14 million hotel and spa overlooking Carlingford Lough – eight months after rejected the application.

Armagh I reported last May that a bid to secure outline planning approval for the 100-bedroom hotel at Rostrevor had not found favour, however, it’s now full-steam ahead for the development on the 35-acre site at Greenpark Road.

The man behind the four-star hotel and spa proposal is Miceal Tinnelly, who had said he wanted to target the upper end of the tourism market.

Newry, Mourne and Down Council planners this week accepted the plans for the hotel which will operate in the four star market offering two function rooms, two lounge bars, a restaurant, spa and conference facilities.

The application for outline planning was agreed following consultation with the local community.

As well as providing jobs in the construction industry and indirect investment to the area, the establishment of the hotel will create 70 full-time, permanent jobs in the hospitality sector.

NMD Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin said: “The approval of the application is great news for Rostrevor and for the wider district.

“A new hotel will add much needed accommodation to the district’s current offering.

“There is a drive to make Newry, Mourne and Down the premier tourist destination in Ireland and investment in high end, hotel, spa and conference facilities shows a massive vote of confidence in our local tourism sector.”

This is the second important economic application recommended for approval within the last year in the Rostrevor area; full permission was approved for a residential nursing home and 41 apartments along shore road in January 2018.

These projects will provide a significant boost for South Down.

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