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Another milestone in the preparation for the £100 million regeneration of Hatfield Town Centre has been reached with the resolution by its full council enabling  Welwyn Hatfield Council to submit an application to Government for compulsory purchase orders.

St Modwen Developments Ltd,  which is undertaking the scheme in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Council and English Partnerships, is to develop 13,935 sq m  (150,000 sq ft)  of commercial space including shops, cafes and restaurants, an indoor market hall, a 585-space multi-storey car park, community facilities including a Healthy Living centre, a bus interchange and 280 apartments.

The scheme has been gathering momentum since St Modwen signed the development agreement with Welwyn Hatfield Council last December. Detailed planning consent has been obtained (subject to a Section 106 agreement),  a number of strategic properties have been secured, and there is in principle agreement for the social housing being constructed on the Forum site.

Obtaining the formal confirmation of the compulsory purchase order and the road closures required to construct the scheme is likely to need a public enquiry and may take up to 18 months. This would allow a start on site early in 2008.

Robin Vaughan of St Modwen said:  “This is a crucial step in the programmed regeneration plans for Hatfield town centre. We are in line with our programme for delivery of the scheme and this application for compulsory purchase powers gives further certainty to the people of Hatfield that we are committed to delivering this project on time.”

For further information contact Robin Vaughan of St Modwen (020 7499 5666). Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121 236 7771).