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Posted on 19 Dec 2012


On the 17th November 2012, St Albans District Council resolved to approve outline planning permission for a 150-bedroom, 4-star full service hotel with a linked conference/function centre capable of accommodating up to 450 people.  The site, known as Copsewood, is located within the Green Belt on the south-western edge of St Albans. The development will have a floorspace of over 12,000m2 (129,000ft2) and will deliver 100 full time equivalent jobs.   The application was submitted by 51 Pegasus Ltd, a St Albans based company.  The hotel will be operated by the Hilton Hotel Group.


Very Special Circumstances

DLA Town Planning Ltd was the lead consultant and successfully promoted the following very special circumstances to overcome the normal policy of restraint in the Green Belt:


1.         The provision of 4-star hotel and conference facilities will meet a previously unfulfilled need identified by St Albans District Council for over 30 years and will generate significant economic growth.  It was demonstrated that there was no suitable urban site and that Copsewood represented the most deliverable, sustainable and sequentially acceptable location in the District.


2.         The provision of overnight accommodation will help sustain the nearby Royal National Rose Society’s Gardens of the Rose and Butterfly World tourist attractions and would generate more tourism and greater numbers of business visitors - a District Council priority.


3.         The development will deliver significant highways improvements.   


As an exception to the Development Plan, the proposal was referred to the  First Secretary of State and who has decided not to ‘call-in’ the application. 

Further details of the development can be found  here

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