Mixed-use scheme will include new shops and 150 homes

Artist's impression

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has appointed Morgan Sindall-owned Lovell to develop part of Hatfield in a £45m deal.

The mixed-use scheme (pictured) will revamp the Hertfordshire town’s centre, originally built in the 1950s, with new shops, and around 150 homes, ranging from one-bedroom flats to three-bedroom houses.

Following consultations with the local community, work is now beginning on a planning application, laying out detailed proposals for the phased redevelopment.

Roger Trigg, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s executive member for corporate property, said the re-developed homes and business space would “breathe new life into the area and we also hope to improve its accessibility, both locally and to other parts of the town.

“We are starting to develop more detailed plans and look forward to hearing what everyone thinks about the proposals later next year.”

A planning application for the development is expected to be submitted next year, with the overall construction programme to be completed in 2022.