Concern raised for future of Hatfield hotel

PUBLISHED: 16:24 04 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:24 04 October 2016

The Comet Hotel

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Hatfield Town Council has raised "major concerns" that a hotel may in time be turned into student accommodation.

Fushion Hatfield Hotels Ltd has applied for planning permission to build student accommodation at the Comet Hotel site, but wants to retain and refurbish the hotel itself.

However, the town council has objected, stating: “We have major concerns that this may eventually become all student accommodation and would like a condition to prevent this.”

The council added: “We are still concerned at the impact on Ellenbrook residents and back their objections. We wish to see a condition that students cannot have cars in Hatfield. We are not convinced that the concerns regarding noise and parking have been adequately addressed to the satisfaction of local residents and environmental health.”

The applicant states: “In order to ensure that a viable and modern enterprise can be established the erection of a new high quality extension is proposed to the rear of the listed building.

“This will replace the existing 1980s/90s hotel extension. The extension would provide 56 serviced apartments forming a new aparthotel.”

In a Design and Access statement prepared on behalf of the applicant, it is added: “All new development should ensure that the setting of the hotel is not harmed.

“As such the proposed layout has been designed to retain the hotel as a focal point at the front of this prominent site, with new development provided to the rear of the site, designed to ‘frame’ the listed building.”

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