Hertfordshire LEP, as part of the Hatfield Renewal Partnership, is investing in the regeneration of Hatfield town centre.
The Strategic Infrastructure Board seeks ways to overcome infrastructure issues that are holding back the economic development of the county. It follows that Hertfordshire LEP is investing in the regeneration of Hatfield town centre as part of its specific commitment to re-invigorate our places for the 21st Century with a focus on our ‘first wave’ New Towns including Hatfield.
The Hatfield 2030+ project, a partnership of public and private sector organisations, aims to revitalise Hatfield town centre.
It will improve the town centre through residential-led regeneration; enhance business growth by providing new space and infrastructure for start-ups; improve the range and quality of housing; use place-making to regenerate key corridors and create safe, quality public spaces; improve walking, cycling and public transport connections; identify opportunities for better leisure and culture provision; and ultimately unlock the economic potential of the town.
The project was awarded £6m from the Local Growth Fund in January 2015, contingent on housing and other outputs being delivered.
£4.8m will be put towards the cost of building a new multi-storey car park to replace The Common car park. This will help free up other sites currently used for surface-level parking in the town centre for further development, including new shops, homes, leisure facilities and business space, benefitting local residents and visitors and increasing the town's economic potential.
The remaining £1.2m has supported the transformation of White Lion Square which provides an attractive multi-use community space to encourage footfall and improve the visitor experience (pictured above).
Hatfield Train Station
Hatfield train station underwent a £12.5m redevelopment to ensure it is fit for purpose to meet the growing demands of rail passengers and businesses.
The Strategic Infrastructure Board seeks ways to overcome issues that are holding back economic development, re-invigorate our New Towns including Hatfield, and harness our relationships with London and elsewhere. This was an opportunity to re-invest in decaying infrastructure and capitalise on the town’s excellent railway connections.
The new station has transformed the experience for passengers with new station buildings, improved retail units, a new platform foot bridge with lifts, a new multi-storey car park doubling the number of spaces and a dedicated bus interchange.
The A1000 has also been reconfigured to tie in with the changes, providing new pedestrian and cycling facilities including parking for more than 300 bikes, the removal of an unpopular subway, and an enhanced central section to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists.
It will support the LEP’s wider regeneration agenda for Hatfield and help unlock house building and job creation opportunities across the town.
The project received £0.5m from Hertfordshire LEP.