We can transform Old Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 16:52 10 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:33 26 October 2009

Salisbury Square in Old Hatfield as it is now

Salisbury Square in Old Hatfield as it is now

A VIBRANT future for Old Hatfield is on the cards, if the whole community pulls together. That was the message from Lord Salisbury's team at Hatfield House. An initiative led by Gascoyne Cecil Estates - the business arm of the stately home - aims to get

A VIBRANT future for Old Hatfield is on the cards, if the whole community pulls together.

That was the message from Lord Salisbury's team at Hatfield House.

An initiative led by Gascoyne Cecil Estates - the business arm of the stately home - aims to get everyone involved in the village's future.

The intention is to restore Old Hatfield's vitality as a community and market centre.

But instead of planning a development first, they want residents, business owners and community leaders to decide what they want.

Gascoyne Cecil Estates has enlisted the skills of urban planner Andrés Duany from the US.

He will lead a "charette" in October where over a two-week period people will be asked to come forward to have their say.

Planners and architects will take the ideas and immediately draw them into the plans so they can be discussed further.

Gascoyne chief executive Peter Clegg said: "On an average day there are only two or three people walking around Old Hatfield, it's not a vibrant, exciting place.

"The car parks are full, but it's mainly commuters."

Mr Clegg invited all residents to a briefing last week and more than 300 arrived to hear the idea.

He said: "We have an opportunity here, but we run the risk of being shot down in flames.

"It's not too difficult to make Old Hatfield vibrant again and if the estate is in a position to help to create that then the estate has a duty to do so.

"The Salisbury family are an integral part of the community, they feel that they've a duty to help revive it.

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