Work has begun on the redevelopment of the former Harpenden House Hotel site.
The Grade II listed former hotel is being converted to provide a number of apartments as part of Fairview New Homes’ plans for the site, off Southdown Road.
Fairview’s development will be named Welcombe House and will provide 37 homes in total – 24 apartments and 13 houses.
The developer will make contributions totalling more than £583,000 as part of the scheme, with funding to go towards provision of affordable housing and amenities including parks, play areas and libraries.
Jeremy Gee, Main Board Director for Fairview, said: “Our development, Welcombe House, will bring a mix of homes – both 2 and 3-bedroom apartments and houses – to Harpenden.
“We’re conscious of the fact that the preservation of the hotel building is something which is close to the hearts of the people of Harpenden, and under our scheme, this listed building will be brought back into beneficial use.
“Our plans involve both the conversion of the hotel building and the creation of new homes, and our scheme is sympathetic to both the building and the character of the area.
“We expect to release the first homes for sale at Welcombe House early next year, with the first residents set to move in from October 2018.”
The conversion of the hotel building will create 5 apartments – a mix of 2 and 3-bedroom homes.
Welcombe House will feature 3 professionally landscaped garden areas for communal use which will surround the listed building.