Oxford Archaeology East is digging for evidence of a Roman roadside settlement at Grange Paddocks.
Planners said that the proposed budget hotel was 'akin to a hostel' in that each room would have a kitchenette and there would be a launderette.
Town council leader John Wyllie said: "Thorley seems to be under attack from people coming up with outrageous ideas. It's totally out of keeping."
Former building society premises in town centre could be converted into a shop and two new homes.
In all, 246 residents wrote to East Herts Council asking for the scheme to be rejected.
Town council leader John Wyllie leads opposition to application for takeaway by path approaching Sainsbury's at Thorley Neighbourhood Centre.
Governors hope to sell London Road buildings and playing fields to a developer and use the proceeds to build a new school off Whittington Way.
Jan Rose set up the Animal Rescue Charity with daughter Fiona Piggott in 1990 'to provide a safe haven for neglected, unwanted and abandoned animals'.
Expansion protestors point to drop as proof council can take its time reviewing planning consent for airport's growth to 43 million passengers a year.
The closure order is to come into force on November 11 and the work must take place during the following 18 months.
Villagers have twice blocked schemes for the site off Pennington Lane, which could become a road through the middle of two estates.