£3.5million three-star Welwyn Garden City hotel bid approved

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 August 2013

An aeriel view of Stonehills House, where plans for a three-star hotel were approved last night

An aeriel view of Stonehills House, where plans for a three-star hotel were approved last night

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A £3.5million three-star hotel in the heart of Welwyn Garden City was given the go-ahead last night (Thursday).

Planning committee members backed the plans to convert disused offices on the upper floors of Stonehills into a 74-room hotel by a majority of 12 to two.

The meeting heard no operator has yet been secured, but discussions were ongoing with “a couple” of interested parties.

Concerns were voiced about the impact it would have on rival businesses in the town, and the lack of parking spaces included in the application.

But backers said the bid by Tonstate Group Ltd would give the town centre a boost.

For a full report on the meeting, see next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, on sale from Wednesday


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