Plans for 142 homes on the site of a former hotel in Hatfield have been deferred, with a public consultation yet to take place.

The proposal would see the closed down Beales Hotel in Comet Way developed, and a decision on the plans was set to be made at a Development Management Committee on Monday night.

But, this has been delayed, with an access plan yet to be submitted by applicant Hatfield Park Homes Ltd, meaning a public consultation cannot take place.

"It has come to the attention of officers that the access plan which is recommended for approval with the application has not been submitted to the council’s planning authority," said Chris Carter, assistant director to head of planning at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

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Welwyn Hatfield Times: 142 homes are planned for the Comet Way site.142 homes are planned for the Comet Way site. (Image: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council)

"It has therefore not been subject to public consultation, other than with Hertfordshire Highways, who have given their support to the proposal.

"The reason this is important is because Hatfield Town Council has objected on the basis of the access arrangement and has not had the opportunity to formally comment on the propose revised arrangements.

"In the circumstances, it’s recommended that the item is deferred to the next meeting of the Development Management Committee to allow for an opportunity for comments to be made."

The plans are set to be discussed again at the next Development Management Committee meeting on Thursday, January 11.