A NEW £8 million hotel by hospitality group, the Galgorm Collection, was one of a number of major development projects given the planning green light this week.
The plans received approval on Tuesday from Belfast City Council planning committee for the redevelopment of the former Holy Rosary Church on the Ormeau Road in the south of the city.
The plans will see the church transformed into a restaurant, bar and 18-bedroom hotel and according to developers, will create around 100 new jobs.
An additional 30 jobs are also due to be created during construction, design and fit-out ahead of opening in spring next year.
The new 150-seat BBQ smokehouse restaurant will feature a wood-burning firepit as part of a new dining experience and will further add to the dining options on the Ormeau Road.
Galgorm Collection managing director, Colin Johnston welcomed planning approval.
He said: “We’ve extensively engaged with councillors, partners, residents and stakeholders to ensure that one of Belfast’s finest, historic buildings can be carefully restored to create an outstanding new and unique hotel and dining experience for the city and for Northern Ireland.
“We are delighted that our approved plans will further enhance Belfast’s growing high quality hospitality offer in line with our own aspirations and that of the city, while adding to the vibrancy of community life on Ormeau Road.”