£100k offered for Hatfield’s Comet Hotel redevelopment.

PUBLISHED: 17:46 26 January 2017 | UPDATED: 17:52 26 January 2017

The Comet Hotel

The Comet Hotel

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A developer who plans to convert part of Hatfield’s Comet Hotel into student accommodation has agreed to pay more than £100,000 to ease the strain on the community.

Officers have recommended that next week’s borough council planning meeting should agree a Section 106 deal for Fusion Hotels Hatfield Ltd, which was given conditional planning permission in October.

The company plans to replace side and rear extensions at the Grade II listed hotel, refurbish it, and build more than 7,000 square metres of managed student flat, as well as a business hub.

Provided councillors agree the deal on Thursday, February 2, the company will pay £106,788, split between the borough and county councils.

The authorities will use the money for parking management, pedestrian signposts, “informal leisure”, refuse bins, surveys and monitoring.

But the provisional deal was struck two days late, so the committee will be asked to extend its deadline set in October.

Hatfield councillors have expressed fears that the redevelopment of the Art Deco hotel will add to the town’s traffic problems.

The hotel’s traditional name commemorates the world’s first jet airliner, built in the town in the 1950s, but it currently trades as the Ramada Hatfield.


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