Plans for new Hatfield retirement home given thumbs up

PUBLISHED: 11:36 01 January 2018

Great North Road near where the McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living Development will be. Picture: Google Street View.

Great North Road near where the McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living Development will be. Picture: Google Street View.

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The borough council has given the green light to plans for a new 24-apartment retirement home in Hatfield.

Proposals for the McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living Development, which will include seven one-bed and 17 two-bed apartments, have been granted conditional permission by the Development Management Committee.

The facility earmarked for 98-102 Great North Road will rise from three to four storeys, and will include a club lounge, reception area and cycle/mobility scooter store, as well as a refuse room, plant room and guest suite.

However, there are only 20 car parking spaces associated to the proposal, which previously prompted Hatfield Town Council to air its worries.

“Members are concerned at the lack of parking on site,” the local authority said in its official representation.

“Hertfordshire has the highest car ownership by county and this needs to be reflected in the parking provision, when also taking into account the location of this development in relation to major supermarkets, and the chronic lack of decent public transport in Hatfield at present.

“Until a bus loop system is in place in Hatfield, this council has difficulty in condoning such low provision for residents’ parking.”

Permission was granted subject to numerous conditions, such as ensuring the approved material is used for construction, completion of a noise survey before work commences, and a water drainage assessment being carried out.

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