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Freehold Hotel on 1.59 Acre Site with Vacant Possession - Hatfield

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The property occupies a regularly shaped site on the western side of Comet Way (A1001), approximately 175 metres to the north of the intersection with Cavendish Way which is one of the main entrances into Hatfield Business Park, a 375 acre business park with circa 3.5million square feet of commercial space, 2000 homes, 18 retail units, Europe's largest Health and Racquets club, a police station and a University campus.

The University of Hertfordshire - de Haviland Campus is circa 400 meters to the west. The main Campus is approximately 1.0 kilometre to the south.

The property is directly opposite The Galleria Shopping Centre.

There are good transport communications, with the property being located circa 1.0 kilometre from Junctions 3 & 4 of the A1(M) and Hatfield Rail Station providing regular direct trains to London Kings Cross (with a journey time of circa 25 minutes).

Property reference:28673    Updated: 13 Oct 2020

Beales Hotel,  Comet Way, 


  • Low built density: existing Gross Internal Area: 2,970 sq m (31,969 sq ft) on a site of 1.59 acres
  • Planning permission previously granted for additional 726 sq m (7,185 sq ft) (now lapsed)
  • Potential for alternative uses incl. Residential, Medical, Student Accommodation, Care Home, D1 Education
  • Good prospect of significantly increasing site capacity with a knock-down and new build scheme STPP
  • The Galleria shopping centre is opposite
  • University of Hertfordshire 1.0 km
  • University of Hertfordshire - de Havilland Campus 400 m
  • A1(M) Junctions 3 & 4 circa 1.0 km
  • Hatfield Rail Station: 1.67 km (1.0 miles)
  • Hatfield to London Kings Cross c. 25 minutes journey time

The property comprises a 53 bedroom 4* hotel with ancillary accommodation including conference/meeting rooms and bar/restaurant. Occupying a site of 1.59 acres, the property has a low built density with a gross internal area of 2,970 sq m (31,969 sq ft).

The property is suitable for a variety of alternative planning uses including residential, medical, student accommodation, care home, D1 education as well as development options, subject to obtaining the necessary consents.

In respect of planning the property is NOT situated in an Employment Area (where there would be a presumption in favour of only Class B development). A copy of the draft local plan and 'policies map' are available to download from our website.

Planning consent was granted to extend the hotel by a further 726 sq m (7,815 sq ft), increasing the number of rooms to 72 and adding a gym. This lapsed in April 2020. The associated drawings are available to download from our website.

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Site Area 6417.90 sq.m. / 69081 sq.ft.

Existing Gross Internal Area 2970.00 sq.m. / 31968 sq.ft.

Proposed AddItional Gross Internal Area 726.00 sq.m. / 7814 sq.ft.
Planning Ref. 6/2016/2251/MAJ
Site area 6417.9 sq.m. /69081 sq.ft. / 1.59 acres 

Terms: Freehold for sale with vacant possession

Service charge: N/A

Local authority: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council