£45m regeneration scheme will 'breathe new life' into Hatfield neighbourhood

PUBLISHED: 09:33 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:33 19 September 2017

Welwyn Hatfield Council is regenerating High View in Hatfield. This is an artist's impression of how it will look.

Welwyn Hatfield Council is regenerating High View in Hatfield. This is an artist's impression of how it will look.

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Welwyn Hatfield Council has appointed Lovell as the developer to regenerate the centre of High View in Hatfield to the tune of £45million.

The area, which has been a hub for the community since the 1950s, is set to be transformed by providing new places and spaces for people to live, work, meet and shop.

The regeneration is expected to bring about 150 new homes, ranging from one-bed flats to three-bed houses.

Work is now being undertaken to put together a planning application for the scheme.

Around 18 commercial units would be available to current tenants and new businesses, and connectivity to the Jim McDonald Centre will also be improved.

The project is likely to undergo three phases to minimise disruption to residents and businesses, with all work expected to complete in 2022.

Lovell brings over 45 years’ experience in housing-led regeneration and was selected following an EU procurement process, overseen by a cross-party member board.

The firm will deliver job and training opportunities through the regeneration scheme, including around eight apprenticeships, work experience placements and construction skills courses.

Roger Trigg, executive member for corporate property, said: “The absolute focus for us throughout this process has been finding the right partner to revive High View, recognising its history and place at the heart of the community.

“It was a meticulous procurement exercise and Lovell submitted the most competitive tender.

“The redeveloped homes and business spaces will breathe new life into the area and we also hope to improve its accessibility, both locally and to other parts of the town.

“We are starting to develop more detailed plans and look forward to hearing what everyone thinks about the proposals later next year.”

Stephen Norton, Lovell regional regeneration director, says: “We’re very excited to have been selected to work in partnership with the local community and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council on this major regeneration programme for the High View neighbourhood centre. “Our team has a strong record of delivering large-scale, community-focused regeneration schemes and we look forward to bringing that expertise to this important project for South Hatfield.”

A planning application is expected to be submitted in 2018.

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