Housing plans for former wedding venue

The Node, Codicote

The Node, Codicote - Credit: Archant

A FORMER wedding venue and conference centre could be converted into apartments, under plans by a developer.

The Node in Codicote closed nearly two years ago, after owners Chartridge ruled the facility was no longer financially viable.

An application to build new houses and flats was given the go-ahead in October last year, but now amended proposals have been put forward.

Approval has already been given by North Herts District Council (NHDC) to convert the main house into seven apartments, the stable block into three mews houses and a further three detached houses.

But the latest application, submitted by Court Homes Ltd and Rowan Homes Ltd, proposes converting the main house into 10 apartments – three more than previously.

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The original plans for the stable block and three detached houses still stand – although the developers do want them to be larger.

They also want to demolish modern parts of the main house, the bedroom accommodation block, the training centre and other outbuildings.

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And there are plans to build 13 garages and parking, relocate the tennis court, and build new roadways at the site, which is just off Hitchin Road.

A report, submitted to NHDC, says: “It is not considered that the addition of three two bedroom apartments, proposed by this development, will have any greater impact upon the neighbouring properties than the approved scheme.

“Given the potential for noise generated by a hotel and in particular a wedding venue, with the possibility of activity at unsociable hours, it is considered that an entirely residential environment with only 16 dwellings will be entirely neighbourly.”

It adds: “Essentially, the proposal is very similar.”

A decision is expected next month.

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