Source: Herts Advertiser
Businesses are threatening to move from St Albans city centre because they are fed up with the struggle to find office space, as a result of their widespread conversion to homes.
St Albans district council has been told it should try harder to find ways to protect office space, or risk the area being judged as ‘closed for business’.
OPAL, which has its corporate headquarters at 45 Grosvenor Road, a three storey office building, recently objected to a proposed change of use from offices to residential, to create 83 apartments.
She warned that should the conversion go ahead, St Albans would be considered ‘closed for business’.
Her fears were echoed by OPAL’s chief executive, who told the council in his objection, “the reduction in office space in St Albans as buildings are re-zoned has put significant pressure on commercial rents.
“The economic benefit of local people working in good local jobs will be lost as St Albans becomes a dormitory town of London, putting the already strained transport at breaking point.”
Another firm in Grosvenor Road warned: “If the current conversion rates across the city continue, there must be a mass exodus of commercial enterprise, as there is nowhere for us to go.”