Major progress made on plans to rejuvenate key St Albans City Centre site

Two land purchases have been completed to progress plans for the regeneration of a seven-acre site in the heart of St Albans.

St Albans City and District Council has been working to transform a run-down area surrounding the Alban Arena entertainment venue.

Now the Council has finalised the two major land acquisitions – for a combined £7.6 million – that are needed to achieve its ambitious goal.

It has completed the purchase of the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust’s (HCT) Principal Health Centre, in Civic Close, after more than two years of complex negotiations.

The Council has also bought a nearby car park from Angle Property Limited, a company that has been looking to develop part of the site.

The two purchases follow the acquisition last year by the Council of the City’s former Police Station from Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

It means the Council now owns most of the land and buildings in the area known as the Civic Centre Opportunity Site (CCOS).

This development zone is within an area roughly bounded by Charter Close, Bricket Road, Victoria Street and St Peter’s Street.

It contains a number of other public buildings owned by the Council, including the Civic Centre and the Civic Centre car parks.

Angle will continue with their plan to convert Hertfordshire House, a former office block, into flats.

The Council has bought the adjoining car park and will now consider Angle’s plans for the development for the southern section of CCOS. This includes the former police station and the NHS centre.

Angle applied for planning permission to develop this area with a mixture of new housing, business and retail facilities. This was granted following the completion of an S106 agreement