CHURCHGATE: Councillors decide to ‘consider approach to take’ over Hitchin redevelopment

Churchgate Shopping Centre, Hitchin

Churchgate Shopping Centre, Hitchin - Credit: Archant

COUNCILLORS have agreed to consider what approach to take for the Churchgate redevelopment, at a meeting held tonight (Thursday).

They amended original recommendations, which suggested no action should be taken until a Local Plan was adopted in two years’ time.

Instead, they agreed to await the publication of a draft local plan, but to also consider the approach to take with regard to the Hitchin development in the meantime.

It was also agreed to continue discussions with interested developers, and to not enter exclusive discussions with current Churchgate shopping centre owner Hammersmatch.

It followed presentations from Hammersmatch and resident Mike Clarke, who was representing Hitchin Forum, Initiative, Historical Society and Society.

Both had called for action to be taken.

You can read what happened at the meeting by searching for the hashtag #Cgate on Twitter.

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A full report on how the meeting unfolded, as well as reaction following, will be in next Thursday’s Comet.

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