Housing plan for former wedding venue which left couples in the lurch
PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 October 2012
A 19th CENTURY country house which shut less than a year ago due to financial problems could be converted into a housing development.
The Node in Codicote, which was built in 1811, closed suddenly last October, leaving many brides-to-be and Christmas party organisers in the lurch.
The hotel and conference centre, which was a favourite for weddings, was sold to London-based developer Wilson Properties Ltd, which submitted a planning application to North Herts Council (NHC) in June.
That application has since been amended, and it is now proposed to convert the main house into seven apartments, and the former stable block into three mews homes.
The company also wants to demolish the modern extensions to the main house, bedroom accommodation block, training centre and outbuildings, remove existing roads and parking areas, build a new detached house, and restore the Grade II listed Peach House.
An officers report states there had been objections from some neighbours with regards to density, impact on wildlife, highways issues and the fact the site is in the Green Belt.
With regard to the Green Belt issue, North Herts Council conceded the land could be considered as undeveloped.
But the county council found no planning or highway issues with the plans, with the parish council also failed to object.
In the report NHC officer Chris Carter said: “Having weighed up all of the considerations it is my view the benefits of this scheme outweigh the negatives.
“The re-use of these buildings in the Green Belt would not prejudice the openness of the Green Belt. The buildings are already there and no extension is proposed to these.”
The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at NHC’s offices in Letchworth Garden City at 7.30pm next Thursday.