Former post office delivery site to become County Down’s newest hotel development

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A New York based developer has been granted planning approval to bring to life a new hotel project set for a former post office delivery office in County Down.

US firm Armau LLC will soon begin work on a new 41-bedroom hotel, rooftop restaurant and ground floor café in a reported £3.3m transformation project for the building on Central Promenade in Newcastle.

Royal Mail moved out of the town centre site over a decade ago, and it has since been used as a location for a fun fair.

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The planning application for the 34,000 sq ft development was submitted last July.

Accompanying documents have also estimated the hotel would achieve average annual turnover of £2.1m and generate around £800,000 a year in wages for the local economy.

In a submission last year the US developer said there is a demand for further tourist accommodation in the town.

“There is a significant economic argument with clearly demonstrable benefits which will have a positive impact on the local community mainly through the creation of jobs, the increase in other local business through visitors attracted to the hotel and through the regeneration of a site within Newcastle which has been vacant for over 10 years.”

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