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St Albans Council plans to buy museum site for housing development

St Albans City and District Council is seeking to purchase the freehold of the Museum of St Albans with a view to developing the site for housing.

Museum of St Albans

Profits from developing the Hatfield Road site will be re-invested in converting the Town Hall into a new museum and art gallery.
The Hatfield Road site is currently owned by the Museum of St Albans, a charitable trust. In June, the Trust approved the marketing and disposal of the site to further the purposes of the Museum of St Albans.
The Trust is regulated by the Charity Commission and the Council is the Corporate Trustee.
At a meeting on Thursday 18 December, the Council’s Cabinet agreed to purchase the freehold of the Museum of St Albans site, subject to agreeing terms.
The Trust has obtained an independently assessed market valuation for the site. The purchase price will be paid either in cash or through the use of Council-owned assets.
Plans are now being developed for the Hatfield Road site in line with a proposal that emerged from a design charrette organised by Look! St Albans. Residents, architects and others took part in the day-long workshop that resulted in a design for an exemplar residential scheme.
By taking responsibility for developing the site, the Council will be able to ensure the housing scheme is based on this preferred design option. It is also expected to result in more money being raised and that this money will be available to invest in the new museum and art gallery project.