Consultation on former Hitchin sorting office to begin Monday

A CONSULTATION to give the public a chance to speak out on the future of the Hitchin sorting office will begin next week.

Councillors gave the go ahead for the consultation to get underway, as reported by the Comet last week.

It follows the sale of the site – which will close operationally next week – to local company Whitebarn Developments (Hitchin) Ltd.

A draft brief – put together by North Herts District Council and Whitebarn Developments – proposes demolishing the site and creating a new complex made up of flats, shops, hotels and restaurants.

Mark Shadbolt, spokesman for Whitebarn Developments, said that the six-week consultation would start on Monday.

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He also said that two public exhibitions are likely to be held so that people can see the full proposals.

Feedback from the consultation will be fed back to North Herts District Council and discussed at a later meeting.

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It is expected that a planning application will be submitted next year.

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