The £23m redevelopment of Link Drive in Hatfield has been approved by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s development management committee (DMC).

The development, a key part of the council’s ongoing regeneration of Hatfield town centre, is scheduled to start in spring 2021 once the new multi-storey car park in The Common is completed.

Eighty new apartments will be built on the Link Drive Car Park and a quarter of these homes will be affordable housing.

The development has been carefully designed to integrate with its surroundings. Both the skate park and the existing mature trees around the boundaries of the site will be retained.

Link Drive has benefited from part of a £4.5m funding boost from Homes England, the government’s housing agency.

Duncan Bell, Executive Member for Resources, said:

“These high-quality homes in the heart of Hatfield will bring new life to the town centre and its businesses.

“This development is part of the council’s ongoing plans to help strengthen the local economy in the longer term by ensuring Hatfield town centre is a pleasant space to live and socialise as well as shop.”

Stuart Gibbons, the Lovell regional managing director for the London and south region said:

“Lovell are delighted to be supporting Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council on the Link Drive development and we look forward to working in partnership with the Council on these much needed new homes for the town centre.”