Plans for Hitchin estate development to be discussed

St John Barker Place in Hitchin is proposed for a major redevelopment. The council wants to build ho

St John Barker Place in Hitchin is proposed for a major redevelopment. The council wants to build housing, rejuvenate the shops and create a park. - Credit: Archant

A multi-million pound project which could see the regeneration of a housing estate by bringing a host of new facilities to the area will be decided by a planning committee next week.

Under plans for the Westmill estate in Hitchin put together by North Hertfordshire District Council and North Hertfordshire Homes, council officers have recommended approval for the demolition of existing shops, flats and garages to make way for housing, retail and community facilities.

The proposal includes 15 two bedroom houses, 24 flats – 22 two bed and two one bed – a supermarket and a takeaway on the ground floor of the block of flats, which will also include landscaping, parking, a new play area and an access road from Mattocke Road.

A new pedestrian crossing and visitors parking on John Barker Place is also planned.

The project is due to be carried out in conjunction with the approved new Westmill Community Centre and new multi-use games area development, which was granted planning permission in January.

If approved, the redevelopment proposals, estimated to cost £4.5m, will be carried out over four stages.

Phase one will see the construction of the new community centre – the existing community centre will remain until the new centre is completed, and stage two will be the completion of the games area and the completion of associated car parking.

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Phase three will see the construction of new shops and flats and new car parking to the front of the shops and in John Barker Place, as well as a new access road from Mattocke Road and parking for flats.

The final stage will see the construction of a new cul-de-sac and 15 two bedroom homes, a new play area and pedestrian access.

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