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Town centre scheme gets green light

Developer St Modwen and Welwyn Hatfield Council will begin work on regeneration plans for the town of Hatfield in Hertfordshire after the council’s planning committee gave the proposals the go-ahead.

Welwyn Hatfield Council’s planning control committee granted full planning permission for the scheme, which will include a new high street in the town centre, as well as 8,000 m2 of retail space and 97 residential units.

The residential units will consist of a mix of one, two and three-bedroom properties, while the plans also include a new town square, a bus interchange, car parking space, taxi rank, and public toilets.

The project will be carried out by the council alongside housing and regeneration quango the Homes & Communities Agency and developer St Modwen.

However despite the approval, further funding for the scheme is needed before work can begin.

A council statement said: “The council has already committed investment from the Growth Area Funding received from the Government to the project. However, due to continued economic challenges more funding is needed to see the full plans become a reality.”

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