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Bovingdon residents' upset over hotel plans in Hempstead Road
Plans to demolish a hotel in Bovingdon and replace it with a bigger one with 100 beds have met with opposition from villagers.
Macdonald Hotels Ltd has submitted an application to Dacorum Borough Council to redevelop its Bobsled Hotel, in Hempstead Road.
However members of the Bovingdon Action Group have objected saying the enlarged hotel would be better suited to a motorway or business park rather than the outskirts of the village.
The designs for the new hotel show it will also have a spa, pool, gym and restaurant as well as meeting and function rooms.
The scheme would also see the caravan areas on the site relocated.
The number of car parking spaces is also planned to more than double from 60 to more than 130.
In its application the Macdonald Hotels said the new building would be more eco-friendly than the current one.
It said the new building’s design and materials would make it more energy efficient meaning it would produce less CO2.
Richard Daynes, member of Bovingdon Action Group, said residents were unhappy that at the size of the proposed hotel.
He said: "I think it is totally incongruous with the area it would be more suited alongside a motorway or in a business park.
"But just dumping it in an area already under pressure to me seems to conflict with the Green Belt. I don’t know how it will be greener. I thought the object was to reduce carbon emissions - and they are talking about a large car park and overspill. It does not add up to me."
"Demolition of existing hotel premises and associated buildings within the existing hotel complex and erection of a new 100 bedroom hotel together with revised access requirements and car parking."
Other residents have written into the council objecting to the new hotel. A number submitted copies of the same letter out lining their concerns including that it will attract more traffic and make Hempstead Road less safe.
Other objections listed were that it was too big a development to be suitable for the Green Belt and it was already noisy at weekends and that would only get worse if it expanded.
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