Hatfield's Queensway House tower block to be knocked down

PUBLISHED: 16:57 07 November 2019 | UPDATED: 17:01 07 November 2019

The front door of Queensway House. Picture: Charlotte McLaughlin

The front door of Queensway House. Picture: Charlotte McLaughlin

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Hatfield's tower block will be knocked down - after repeated uncertainty about future government legislation following Grenfell.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's cabinet agreed it was best to redevelop and regenerate Queensway House in the town centre.

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Council officers highlighted to the cabinet that maintaining the nearly 60-year-old building would be costly.

And most - 55 per cent of residents and leaseholders - are in favour of the plans tower block.

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WHBC has already begun helping some residents find accommodation and will continue until everyone has a new home which meets their needs.

As part of this process, council tenants are entitled to a statutory - set nationally by the Government - home loss payment of £6,400.

But this figure could be a lot more, as the council has paid £7,000 to £8,000 for decanting its past tenants.

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Design work was expected to start after the decision was made.

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