Who is to blame for Old Hatfield’s stalled redevelopment?

PUBLISHED: 10:47 29 November 2015

Costcutter owner Loga Pradhaban outside his shop in Salisbury Square

Costcutter owner Loga Pradhaban outside his shop in Salisbury Square

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Frustrated residents of Old Hatfield are calling for a deal to settle a long-running dispute that is holding up a popular redevelopment plan.

The Gascoyne Cecil Estate, which owns much of Old Hatfield, has been comprehensively redeveloping it under a £12-million four-phase plan agreed with residents and businesses in 2008.

The third phase, restructuring Salisbury Square, was scheduled to start in spring this year, but has been held up by a dispute between the estate and leasehold tenant Loga Pradhaban, who runs the Costcutter store.

Until the estate either buys out Mr Pradhaban’s lease, or agrees terms for a temporary relocation of the store, the project is stalled.

According to the estate: “The current south facing block of shops and flats will be rebuilt in a more traditional style and moved forward to accommodate two level parking hidden behind.

“Given careful thought, Salisbury Square can become a place where people aspire to meet, shop and live, a place that becomes a joy to visit.”

The Old Hatfield Residents’ Association enthusiastically supports the project, as does Mo Ullah, owner of the Taste of India restaurant, one of the few businesses in the square that is not an estate tenant.

The area has been blighted this year by the reconstruction of the railway station and night-time closure of Great North Road, but progress on that project stands in stark contrast to the Salisbury Square impasse.

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