Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has submitted planning applications for the redevelopment of two key sites in Hatfield, marking an exciting next step in its town centre regeneration plans. The two sites, currently used for surface-level parking, will be freed up for development with the help of funding from Hertfordshire LEP.  

Proposals for One Town Centre – encompassing the old Pizza Hut site and buildings opposite – feature 71 new one and two bedroom homes, spread over three blocks, including 25% affordable housing. The three blocks would be staggered in height, ranging from three to six storeys (artist's impression above).

The plans would also deliver five new ground floor retail units, providing an additional 1,000 sq. metres of commercial space in the heart of the town to attract new shops and businesses. A new public space would be created and landscaped to complement the recently completed work in White Lion Square (pictured below).

Over at Link Drive, 80 new homes would sit on the site of the existing car park, including 25% affordable housing. The homes will be arranged in one L-shaped building. These will be designed around the skate park and the surrounding areas will be landscaped to connect to the nearby green spaces and trees (artist's impression below).

A £4.8m Local Growth Fund investment from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will enable the council to deliver on these sites by unlocking pivotal land for development in the town centre, two thirds of which is currently covered by parking spaces, with the construction of a new multi-storey (artist's impression below). Learn more.

The two sites are also benefiting from a £4.5m funding boost from Homes England, the government’s housing agency, which has helped progress the design and preparation works more quickly and will encourage the use of off-site construction methods during the build.

The news follows a successful few months for Hatfield, which saw the unveiling of a new look White Lion Square and a listing in the Sunday Times top 20 UK ‘Turnaround Towns’. It made the list thanks to Hatfield’s impressive employment growth, which has soared 134% since 2009 – the highest of all towns featured.

Adam Wood, Head of Infrastructure & Regeneration at Hertfordshire LEP, said: “We are delighted to see work progressing well on the next phase of Hatfield’s regeneration.

“Our £4.8m Local Growth Fund investment towards the new space-efficient multi-storey car park provides an opportunity to transform land at the heart of Hatfield town centre from surface level parking to vibrant community hubs with attractive housing, retail and landscaped spaces. This work forms part of our £6m programme of support to ensure the town is ready to meet the challenges of the future and will benefit local businesses and people for generations to come.”

Duncan Bell, Executive Member for Resources, said: “We’re hearing from town centre businesses how much our work in White Lion Square has helped boost their trade and this next stage will do even more to strengthen the local economy.

“The additional homes will bring new life to Hatfield, and together with the added commercial space, will help attract new shops and businesses to Hatfield.”