Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's development partner Bourne Parking has submitted a planning application for a new multi-storey car park, part-funded by Hertfordshire LEP, to unlock key sites for redevelopment in Hatfield town centre.
Over a third of the town centre is currently used for surface level car parking and the plans would consolidate this parking in one place, freeing up sites elsewhere for new homes, shops and leisure.
The proposed multi-storey would provide 420 spaces over four floors, including 18 disabled spaces, 10 parent/child spaces, and eight electric vehicle charging bays. Located on The Common car park, the multi-storey would feature iconic aircraft designs, symbolic of Hatfield’s proud aviation heritage.
One Town Centre is the first development site to be released by the multi-storey and demolition work is underway to prepare the area for 71 new homes, shops and public spaces. Link Drive will follow, with a planning application for 80 new homes – designed around the existing skate park – also submitted. Find out more.
The multi-storey will be funded through a £4.8m Local Growth Fund contribution from Hertfordshire LEP and an additional £1.2m from the Council. The LEP has contributed a total of £6m Local Growth Funding towards Hatfield's regeneration, including £1.2m to fund the transformation of White Lion Square which was officially launched on 4 September.
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 will enable the transformation of 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 know people want to see a better mix of shops and restaurants in Hatfield and the multi-storey is our next step in unlocking the potential for wider regeneration.
“It will free up vital space in the town centre, over a third of which is currently covered by parking spaces, allowing for the development of those sites with a mixture of housing, shops, and places to eat and drink.”
A review of parking restrictions across the town centre is underway to help balance the needs of local businesses, residents, shoppers and workers. This work will help the council decide what future parking arrangements to put in place throughout the town, including the multi-storey. No decision has been made about charging and this will be considered as part of the budget setting process in future years.