It has recently become obvious that the Pinehurst Community Centre building, along with the attached shop and flats, is no longer fit-for-purpose and requires investment.
Brand new hub
Councillors considered a range of options for the building. Rather than simply wishing to see essential repairs carried out, they favoured rebuilding all the facilities to create a brand new hub for the area. Proposals include a modern replacement community centre and shop, and a number of new flats which would be in keeping with the surrounding buildings and a small number of which would be offered at affordable rents.
The council would lead the development and hopes to work closely with partners so as to bring about a wider range of environmental and other improvements such as installing electric vehicle charging points and parking provision.
Work will now start on drawing up more detailed proposals and discussing them with local residents and community groups and organisations. Councillors will consider the final proposals later this year before deciding whether to give the final go ahead. If the proposals are given the thumbs up, a planning application with be submitted next year.
Jan Goodeve, East Herts Council's executive member for housing, said: "The approach that we've recommended is an exciting opportunity to provide the residents of the eastern side of Hertford with a modern community centre and a much improved shop. The new flats, including much needed affordable homes, will be a welcome addition to the area."
You can read the full report at www.eastherts.gov.uk - item 8 under Executive agenda September 11.
September 20 2018