A new vision for Hatfield's long term future will be published today (Thursday, 21st July) setting out a blueprint for the town's renewal to 2030 and beyond.
It follows wide-reaching public consultation with residents and key stakeholders to understand the views of the local community, and what they believe would help the town succeed in the future.
The Renewal Framework is a key outcome of the Hatfield 2030+ project. It sets out a series of priorities to stimulate growth and investment, and initiatives to be implemented over the next 15 years that will directly benefit the town, its residents and businesses.
The priorities include building upon the council's £3.65m town centre investment programme to improve the town centre through residential-led regeneration; enhancing business growth by providing new space and infrastructure for start-ups; improving the range and quality of housing; using place-making to regenerate key connecting corridors and create safe, quality public spaces; improve walking, cycling and public transport connections between the town centre, Business Park, Galleria and University; and identifying opportunities for better leisure and culture provision.
The Future of Hatfield
One of the Hatfield Renewal Partnership's (HRP) responsibilities will be to allocate £6m secured by the Hertfordshire LEP for the town's renewal as part of the government's Growth Deal. This funding will be available from 2019/20.
Quintin McKellar, Chair of the HRP, Vice Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire and LEP board member, said: "The framework sets out an ambitious vision for the future of Hatfield. It has been developed through close working with the local community and I would like to thank everyone that got involved to help shape the future of their town. The blueprint for 2030 and beyond will ensure Hatfield continues to grow by stimulating economic growth and balancing world class education assets with new housing and well connected neighbourhoods, plus new culture, retail and leisure facilities."
The HRP will now develop a more detailed funding strategy and action plan to deliver the priorities and projects outlined in the framework. You can view the Hatfield Renewal Framework on the Hatfield 2030+ website or call 01707 357000 for further information.