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Planning permission granted for two thirds of Letchworth regen

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation has secured planning permission for the first two phases of its three-phase regeneration scheme for the town.

Planning applications were submitted for a mixed use redevelopment of The Wynd area of the town centre as well as resurfacing and public realm improvements worth £8 million to two of the surrounding streets within the town centre in late 2007. 

The proposals comprised a mix of retail and residential development with a new anchor store for the town centre together with a range of small and medium sized units for retailers.

Drivers Jonas acted on behalf of the Heritage Foundation and had to carry out extensive negotiations with CABE and English Heritage given the town centre’s conservation area status.

The Heritage Foundation is currently implementing the public realm improvements, due to be completed in early 2010. 

Drivers Jonas continues to be instructed by the Heritage Foundation to advise on the case for a CPO to be made by North Hertfordshire District Council, which if successful will allow development of the retail and residential scheme to begin in 2011.