Hatfield's £6million multi-storey car park project officially agreed

PUBLISHED: 13:54 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:39 13 November 2017

Residential and retail redevelopment plans to transform Numbers 1 and 3-9 Town Centre into 70 new homes and four retail units. Picture credit Welwyn Hatfield Council.

Residential and retail redevelopment plans to transform Numbers 1 and 3-9 Town Centre into 70 new homes and four retail units. Picture credit Welwyn Hatfield Council.

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Revolutionary plans for a 600-space mutli-storey car park in Hatfield have been given the green light by Welwyn Hatfield Council.

The £6million project – £4.8million of which will be funded by the Local Enterprise Partnership – will involve building a six-storey steel structure on The Common Car Park to free up other car parks for residential and retail development.

Surface-level parking accounts for over a third of Hatfield’s town centre space, but the Tory-run council hopes to free up sites in Link Drive and Lemsford Road, which have 114 and 149 spaces respectively.

Quintin McKellar, chair of the Hatfield 2030+ partnership, said: “It was clear when speaking to people about the future of Hatfield that town centre transformation was a top priority.

“We’ve all worked together to develop a vision for regeneration and this starts with making some of the land that’s currently used for car parking available for development.”

A planning application is expected to be submitted next year, with construction earmarked to start in winter 2018. It is thought completion will be around autumn the following year.

During the work, Welwyn Hatfield Council will shell out an additional £1.3million on a temporary single-deck car park in Lemsford Road, which will provide 100 more spaces to ease the pressure from losing 141 in The Common.

The project’s announcement follows £1.2million plans to refurbish White Lion Square being unveiled – which will also be funded by the LEP – with work starting in Spring 2018.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, executive member for business and partnerships, said: “We need to create the most welcoming and vibrant environment possible to boost footfall and attract even more new shops and businesses to Hatfield.

“The improvements we’ve made this year have sparked a renewed confidence in the town and allocating £6million toward these next projects will kick-start our more ambitious regeneration plans, which are shared and backed by the whole of Hatfield.”

The town centre project is led by the Hatfield Renewal Partnership, which brings together local authorities, education providers and commercial partners to develop a long-term regeneration plan for the town.

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