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Regeneration of John Barker Place

We’re planning an exciting redevelopment of John Barker Place on the Westmill estate in Hitchin.

It will include new homes, shops and a new play area. The first 2 phases will include new homes for residents in Freemans Close and the nearby Westmill Lawns retirement complex, enabling them to continue living safely and comfortably in the area they’re familiar with.

Take a look at an artists impression:

Progress so far

We submitted two planning applications for this redevelopment – one for the new homes and shops on John Barker and a separate planning application for a new children's play area on the edge of Swinburne playing fields.

The applications were unanimously approved at the meeting of the planning committee on Thursday 23 January. We have completed the first stage of this work, providing the new children’s play area which is now open, and we are on track for development of the new homes and shops to begin later this year. We will keep this web page updated with details as the development progresses.

Previous updates

July 2020: New children’s play area opened at Swinburne playing fields in Hitchin

May 2020 Play area work to begin on Swinburne playing fields

February 2020 20m redevelopment of Hitchins John Barker Place to go ahead

November 2019 Planning application for play area to be reviewed

October 2019 Update following public meeting on 21 October

October 2019 Invitation to public meeting on Monday 21 October

August 2019 Children's play area proposed for Swinburne playing fields

August 2019 Have your say on the John Barker Place redevelopment

June 2019 Redevelopment of Hitchin's Westmill estate moves step forward

April 2019 Our redevelopment plans for John Barker Place, Hitchin

April 2019 Redevelopment of John Barker Place, Hitchin

John Barker Place Q&A [PDF] 79KB

Contact us

For more information about our redevelopment plans for John Barker Place, please contact Penny Metcalf or Shenaz Virji.

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