Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s Cabinet has appointed Lovell as the developer to regenerate the High View neighbourhood centre in Hatfield, a major milestone in one of the projects identified by the Hatfield Renewal Framework.

The area, which has been a hub for the community since the 1950s, is set to be transformed by providing new places and spaces for people to live, work, meet and shop.

Although the scheme detail will now be developed as part of a planning application, it is expected to deliver around 150 new homes, ranging from one bed flats to three bed houses.

Around 18 commercial units would be available to current tenants and new businesses, and connectivity to the Jim McDonald Centre will also be improved.

The project is likely to undergo three phases to minimise disruption to residents and businesses, with all work expected to complete in 2022.

Lovell bring over 45 years’ experience in housing-led regeneration and were selected following an EU procurement process, overseen by a cross-party Member board. They will deliver job and training opportunities through the regeneration scheme, including around eight apprenticeships, work experience placements and construction skills courses.

Roger Trigg, Executive Member for Corporate Property, said: “The absolute focus for us throughout this process has been finding the right partner to revive High View, recognising its history and place at the heart of the community. It was a meticulous procurement exercise and Lovell submitted the most competitive tender.

“The redeveloped homes and business spaces will breathe new life into the area and we also hope to improve its accessibility, both locally and to other parts of the town.

“We are starting to develop more detailed plans and look forward to hearing what everyone thinks about the proposals later next year.”

Stephen Norton, Lovell regional regeneration director, says: “We’re very excited to have been selected to work in partnership with the local community and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council on this major regeneration programme for the High View neighbourhood centre. Our team has a strong record of delivering large-scale, community-focused regeneration schemes and we look forward to bringing that expertise to this important project for South Hatfield.”

A planning application is expected to be submitted in 2018.