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£60MILLION: Landmark city centre development will provide housing and commercial space in St Albans

 Published on: 17th February 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

St Albans city centre is set to become home to an impressive £60million development after planning permission was granted by St Albans City and District Council.

The area near the Alban Area will see the site of the former police station and NHS clinic transformed into a stunning new commercial building and residential block providing 93 new homes along with 100 car parking spaces.

This approval comes after three designs were put to public consultation last year with permission for the most popular concept being approved by the Planning Referrals Committee.

Councillor Robert Donald, portfolio holder for commercial, development and wellbeing, said the approval will help develop a crucial location in the city and he is delighted that work can begin.

He said: “I’m delighted that the plans for the development of this crucial city centre location have finally been approved.

“We will now be able to move forward immediately with this ambitious development despite the challenges of the pandemic and start our programme for the regeneration of the Civic Centre area with this major part of the site.”

The site located on the corner of Victoria Street and Bricket Road will be a welcomed addition to the heritage in the heart of the city centre.

Cllr Donald said the design is both visually appealing and appeals to the members of the public who found faults it previous designs.

He said: “This design right in the heart of our city has the wow factor that many members of the public thought was missing in the previous design. It will include an iconic building on the corner of Victoria Street and Bricket Road and provide an attractive landscaped entrance from Victoria Street. 

“When built I believe it will be seen as a magnificent addition to St. Albans’ heritage for future generations to enjoy over many decades.”

The council is also committed to combating the climate energy and this commitment can be recognised through the development from renewable energy sources to electric vehicle charging points.

Cllr Donald said: “The design that gained planning permission received by far the largest backing from the public who gave their views on the architectural competition we held at a series of extensive consultation events and an online survey last year.

“This redevelopment scheme will also meet our commitment to deliver high-quality developments that are sustainable and eco-friendly.”

Work on the development is scheduled to begin by the late spring with the main contractor being Morgan Sindall.

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