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Plans are underway to redevelop the site of the Mercure hotel on the A41

An urban planning file has been submitted to redevelop a site which is currently used as a hotel.

The proposals aim to transform the site of the Mercure A41 hotel near Bushey into a new commercial development.

The draft application was submitted to the Hertsmere district council after a consultation period.

It aims to demolish the hotel and transform the site into logistics use with the creation of new warehouses for storage and distribution.

The proposal was brought up earlier this year when the board issued a call for potential new job sites across Hertsmere as part of its emerging plan.

The Mercure hotel on the A41 near Bushey. Credit: Google Maps

According to a consultation site set up specifically to discuss redevelopment proposals for the A41 site, the Mercure hotel buildings are “at the end of their life”.

The website adds, “We have carefully explored whether there are other viable alternative uses for the site that can take full advantage of its strong transport links.

“Due to the site’s exceptional strategic location and given the clear feedback we received from the Hertsmere Borough Council, we have decided to focus our proposals on the potential for commercial rather than residential development.”

Watford Observer: CGI illustration of what a new commercial building might look like.  Credit: Regen Properties LLP / UMC ArchitectsCGI illustration of what a new commercial building might look like. Credit: Regen Properties LLP / UMC Architects

Applicants Regen Properties LLP – a joint venture between Radlett Griggs-based development and construction company and real estate investment firm First Urban – say the development would create around 360 jobs during construction and around 375 direct and indirect jobs during construction. ‘exploitation.

Watford Observer: CGI illustration of a new building on the Mercure site, viewed from the junction of the A41 and Sandy Lane.  Credit: Regen Properties LLP / UMC ArchitectsCGI illustration of a new building on the Mercure site, viewed from the junction of the A41 and Sandy Lane. Credit: Regen Properties LLP / UMC Architects

A spokesperson for Regen Properties LLP, which purchased the Mercure site, said: “We are very pleased to present proposals for the redevelopment of the Mercure London Watford hotel site with the aim of a new logistics site. Our proposal aims to redevelop this industrial wasteland, ideally located for the proposed use.

“Our new logistics site project demonstrates our commitment to invest in Hertsmere at a time when the local economy is seeking to recover from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“The proposals present a major opportunity for the region to benefit from new jobs and major investment in a sector which has seen an unprecedented increase in demand where there is currently a lack of available space.”

Watford Observer: CGI illustration of what the Mercure hotel site might look like in the future.  Credit: Regen Properties LLP / UMC ArchitectsCGI illustration of what the Mercure hotel website might look like in the future. Credit: Regen Properties LLP / UMC Architects

A timetable says it is hoped the plans can receive a building permit by the end of this year. Another more detailed request would then be submitted in 2022, and if given the green light, construction would begin in late 2022.

If all goes as the applicants expect, the project could be completed in 2024.

The app can be found on the board planning portal via the reference 21/1718 / OUT.