Council set to progress the redevelopment of Queensway House site
Cabinet will be asked to approve a report on Tuesday (5 November) recommending the council move forward with plans to demolish and redevelop Queensway House.
It follows a consultation with residents, leaseholders and commerical tenants in the summer which outlined a number of options for the building's future. The majority of residents (55%)* expressed a preference for this option, which was broadly shared by commercial tenants on the basis that suitable alternatives are offered.
The council has begun supporting residents to move out of the block and this work would continue over the next 12-24 months to ensure everyone finds a new home to meet their needs. All tenants would be entitled to a statutory home loss payment of £6,400 - set nationally by government.
If councillors agree the report, the council will also start work on developing proposals to deliver new, better quality social housing for the area.
Councillor Nick Pace, Executive Member for Housing and Communities, said:
We'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to speak with us and share their views.
The recommendations outlined in the report will give us an opportunity to develop new council homes in this part of Hatfield, which we know is a popular location for residents with its close proximity to local businesses, the train station and other transport links. With exciting redevelopment underway elsewhere in the town, the site would be looked at as part of the shared Hatfield 2030+ vision to secure the town centre's future prosperity to 2030 and beyond.
Councillors will also be asked to agree that all major works to the block - including the planned sprinkler and extractor installation - remain on hold.