Thumbs-up for £100m town centre

PUBLISHED: 12:51 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 26 October 2009

An artist’s impression of what the new centre may look like

An artist's impression of what the new centre may look like

PLANS for a £100million state-of-the-art town centre were given a massive boost after the Government gave its consent. Residents in Hatfield could soon expect new houses, flats, shops, restaurants and a multi-storey car park in their revamped town centre.

PLANS for a £100million state-of-the-art town centre were given a massive boost after the Government gave its consent.

Residents in Hatfield could soon expect new houses, flats, shops, restaurants and a multi-storey car park in their revamped town centre.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears approved compulsory purchase and road closure orders presented by regeneration specialists, St Modwen.

It is expected the three-phased plan will be completed by late 2011/2012 - with work potentially starting at the end of this year.

First to be started on will be the new car park.

Borough councillor Alan Franey, executive member for resources, said: "The regeneration of Hatfield town centre is much needed.

Attractive

"Once the scheme is complete residents and businesses will enjoy an attractive, accessible, clean and vibrant centre to shop, live, work and relax in."

Rupert Wood, regional manager for St Modwen, was "delighted".

He said: "It is a key marker for the project and brings the proposals for redeveloping Hatfield town centre closer to reality.

"We continue to work closely with the council to deliver a regenerated town centre that Hatfield deserves and that the community will be proud of."

This decision comes after an independent inspector held a public inquiry in September last year at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Hatfield.

Representatives from St Modwen and the council were heard as well as the views of objectors to the plan.

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