Planning permission for proposed changes to the planned hotel at Bircherley Green have been refused by East Herts District Council.
Developer Wrenbridge submitted a "Non-material amendment" to the existing planning approval for the site, including the simplification of the hotel entrance, the removal of louvres and curtain walling.
However, the district council said the application goes beyond the provisions of a Non-Material Amendment and refused permission for the changes.
This is the third time Wrenbridge have submitted changes and had them refused. A further outstanding planning application for changes to the shopping centre, including conversion of residential space to office space, will decided by the Development Management Committee in May, following the local elections.
Full planning permission for the redevelopment of Bircherley Green was granted 18 months ago (October 2017) and demolition work started in the Summer of 2018. However, following clearance of the hotel site on the corner of Railway Street and Bircherley Street, work has halted.
Work on the hotel site has stopped following removal of the buildings
As well as the hotel, the redevelopment includes 4600sqm of retail space, 1500sqm of office space and 56 homes, along with 188 parking spaces. A new health facility is also planned if agreement can be reached with the NHS.
Pointing to market fragility and tight timescales faced by retailers, director of Wrenbridge, John McHale, has urged the council to get behind the development.
Bircherley Green is owned by Diageo Pension Trust Ltd and Wrenbridge have been contracted to redevelop the site, replacing most of the 35 year buidings with a new modern design.
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