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 have 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 will now move forward with preparations to begin the development work and keep this web page updated with details as the development progresses.
Having your say
The NHDC website provides some further information about planning meetings and how to have your say.
- Information about NHDC council and committee meetings
- Having your say on planning applications at planning control committee meetings [PDF]
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
April 2019 Redevelopment of John Barker Place, Hitchin
For more information about our redevelopment plans for John Barker Place, please contact Penny Metcalf or Shenaz Virji.