The start of the £100 million regeneration of Hatfield Town Centre has moved a major step closer following the exchange of an agreement for Royal Mail to relocate its sorting office from the existing town centre site to new facilities to be built in Beaconsfield Road.
St Modwen, the UK¹s leading regeneration specialists, which is undertaking the scheme in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Council and English Partnerships, has agreed terms to build a new centre for Royal Mail on a site it acquired for this purpose three years ago, which will free a substantial area of the town¹s square for the regeneration project.
Negotiations are continuing to resolve other occupational or access issues ahead of a CPO and road closure inquiry which will start on September 4 and is scheduled to run for ten days. The outcome of the inquiry will hopefully be known around the end of the year.
Nick Kay of St Modwen, said: “The agreement with Royal Mail is a major part of the site assembly jigsaw” and one that we have been working on for sometime. All the objections to the CPO process deserve and have received the most careful attention but this was one, because of its size and the nature of the user, which had to be resolved.
“We are particularly pleased as consultation with the public in Hatfield at the Go Show¹ on June 16 demonstrated full support for the scheme and many people wanted us to start tomorrow.”
“It seems that the first day of demolition may draw some crowds ! We are looking forward to the prospect of getting stuck into the redevelopment and delivering a new town centre at the earliest opportunity.”
* The proposed development of the eight-acre site will comprise 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 275 apartments.
For further information contact Nick Kay or Robin Vaughan of StModwen (020
7499 5666). Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121 236 7771).