Hatfield Town Council set to consult residents on Birchwood plans

PUBLISHED: 13:19 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:19 18 September 2017

Hatfield's Birchwood Leisure Centre

Hatfield's Birchwood Leisure Centre

Danny Loo Photography 2016

Hatfield Town Council will ask for residents' views on proposals involving residential housing for Birchwood Playing Fields.

The local authority today confirmed that all Hatfield households will be sent a letter asking for their preference and views on two differently scaled proposals for new sports facilities at Birchwood.

There will also be an option to do nothing.

As well as football facilities allowing local teams to compete on a level enjoyed by neighbouring towns, the plans include new facilities for other sports including boxing, martial arts, netball and dance.

A news letter will be delivered to every home in the town with detailed drawings of the two schemes, both of which will include “a measure of residential construction”.

Hatfield Town Council said reductions in the expected £1.4million funding released by the University of Hertfordshire – which had been earmarked to cover obligations to sport in Hatfield – had forced the council to explore ways to bridge the funding gap.

As a result, members have agreed to put forward two schemes with elements of housing, but hope residents will feel this will not damage the local area’s character or amenity.

Town council leader Lenny Brandon said: “These schemes being presented to residents will provide fully-inclusive sport and recreational facilities for all generations, both men and women for decades to come.

“It has taken time to make sure we were able to go to residents with viable proposals that do not risk the finances of this council, but I am very pleased that we can finally move forward with our promise to bring football home to Hatfield.

“I am aware of a number of falsehoods reported about our intentions. This is a council that listens and we intend to let every household in Hatfield have a say in how we progress this now.”

The council said it was currently unable to provide further details of the two schemes or confirm when they would be available.

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