New businesses open their doors at major £45m regeneration scheme at High View, Hatfield

The new High View development in South Hatfield welcomes four new businesses to its commercial units this Autumn.

Councillors and senior staff members outside new businesses in High View.

Their arrival marks the latest progress for the ongoing developments of the £45M High View regeneration scheme, a partnership between Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Lovell Homes.

Bob's Family Butchers, The Rise Hair Salon (formerly High View Hairdressers and Just for Men Barbers), Max's Kebabs, and Happy Valley Takeaway are the latest to pick up their keys in preparation to open their doors to this growing community. They will be key to the development of the area which is set to transform the heart of South Hatfield with 146 quality new homes (37 affordable), 18 retail units, and a new green space at its centre.

Mark Burley, from Bob's Family Butchers, said:

We are very excited to be moving into new premises which are not too far from our current location with over 60 years as a butchers at the present address. Our new shop allows us the opportunity to expand our current ranges and introduce many new lines as we increase the deli counter considerably. Christmas this year, 2022, will be our last in current shop and then we will open at new location facing directly onto Bishops Rise in January 2023 with a completely new look and outlook.

Baris Dagistan, owner of Max's Kebabs, has been trading in the area for more than 10 years and told us: "I've been waiting for this new unit for a very long time; my aim is to design the shop in a new modern style and attract local people and students in the area and be the best."

Owner of new unisex salon, The Rise, Bashar Edais said: "My salon has been trading in this part of Hatfield since the 1950s. I've been very fortunate to have been allocated a space right at the front of the development.

It's exciting to have this opportunity to move into a newly built unit - it's given us a chance to rebrand and revamp the salon and we will be on the doorstep of everyone in the new Hatfield Rise accommodation."

Yu Lei, owner of the Happy Valley Takeaway, sees the move from his original site at Hilltop as "strange yet exciting" and added: "We wanted to continue providing the service that we have been doing for many years for all the happy customers that we have, and to also stay in the same area due to it being one that we call home.

"The plan is to stay in this area for the future, and hope that we can continue receiving support from everyone in Hilltop!"

Councillor Tony Kingsbury, Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Borough, added:

We are delighted to see this community go from strength to strength with each business adding to a thriving and growing economy for South Hatfield.

We are determined, with our long-term priorities, to provide opportunities to local, independent businesses through managed growth and are delighted to see our plans taking shape.

The retail units offer a superb location, which is just south of the town centre, minutes from the Galleria Shopping Centre, the University of Hertfordshire, and the Hatfield Business Park. They provide a great opportunity to get into an area of potential growth. The size of the development and the significant improvements to the immediate surrounding area are steadily creating an amazing new community.

All existing tenants at High View have been offered the opportunity to take on a brand-new modern retail premises. Developer Lovell is carrying out work in phases to ensure businesses can continue to trade throughout the redevelopment. All construction works are due to be completed towards the end of 2024.

For any queries regarding the new commercial units, please contact WHBC's Property Development Department: PropertyDevelopment@welhat.gov.uk