Bourne Parking submitted the application on behalf of the council to unlock key town centre space for regeneration.

Over a third of the town centre is currently used for surface level car parking and the multi-storey will consolidate this all in one place, freeing up sites elsewhere for new homes, shops and leisure.

The multi-storey will provide 420 spaces over four floors, including 18 disabled spaces, ten parent/child spaces, and eight electric vehicle charging bays.

Applications for two redevelopment sites, One Town Centre and Link Drive – both made possible by the multi-storey – are expected to go before the planning committee in the coming months.

Duncan Bell, Executive Member for Resources at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:

The regeneration of Hatfield rests on the multi-storey unlocking pivotal space that we need to deliver the changes our residents want to see.

As well as providing more parking and better access to shops and businesses, the multi-storey will enable us to deliver a mix of housing, new shopping and leisure in the heart of the town centre.

This is a significant milestone in the ongoing regeneration of Hatfield and another important step in achieving our 2030+ vision for the town’s renewal.