John Barker Place development – Phase 3 planning open for consultation

CGI – proposed plans for Phase 3

As part of our continued investment in John Barker Place in Hitchin’s Westmill Estate, the planning application for Phase 3 is open now for consultation until 19 November 2022.

Plans for this stage of the development include 48 new affordable homes on the site of Freemans Close. The proposed properties will be a mixture of social rent and shared ownership homes which we expect to be completed in 2025.

Application details can be viewed on North Herts Council’s website – with case reference number 22/02628/FP.

Fiona Coulson, executive director of development at settle said: “We’re delighted to have come this far on the development of John Barker Place.  We want to make sure all residents have the opportunity to view the proposed plans and share their views on all stages of the development so that we can continue to build these new homes with as much consideration to all residents’ feedback.”

Continued progress

The first new homes of the redevelopment at John Barker Place – Kingfisher House were completed in July 2022.

The five-storey building is home to 37 residents from the nearby retirement living flats at Westmill Lawns. The building also includes the local convenience shop and a takeaway unit on the ground floor.

Work started on Phase 2 of the development in April this year and will include 46 new homes – 12 for social rent, 12 for retirement living and 22 for shared ownership and is due to be completed by autumn 2023. 

More information on the John Barker Place development can be found on our website.