Welwyn Hatfield hotel to triple in size

MORE than 100 jobs could be created as a landmark hotel bids to triple in size, thanks to a �12m investment.

The owners of Bush Hall Hotel want to increase the country estate from a 25-bed to 75-bed hotel and conference facility, with a view to reopening after 18 months redevelopment work.

The gates were closed at the historic site at the end of 2009 after an ambitious planning application, which had little chance of succeeding, was withdrawn from Welwyn Hatfield Council.

Over a year later a new plan has been put in front of councillors, which states “a compelling case now exists for the grant of planning permission and listed building consent” for the site at Mill Green, which sits on the WGC-Hatfield border.

Plans to convert stables into a spa have been scrapped in favour of more traditional elements including a walled garden and demolition of the more “unsympathetic additions” to the original structure.

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Project manager Mervin Cable told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We’ve gone back to the historic footprint of the building that was on the site in the late 19th century and picked up on those areas and scaled the buildings down, so we have changed the scheme quite a lot.

“Bush Hall itself is in need of substantial investment, but it is a listed building, so it will still be the jewel in the crown.”

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If permission is granted, it is hoped work will start in the autumn.

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