A world of opportunities has opened up as a car park in the centre of Radlett could be developed into practically anything.
Newberries Car Park on Watling Street was seemingly destined to become a food retail store and hotel after Hertsmere Borough Council (HBC), which owns the property, approved a scheme.
But on July 11 HBC announced it had instead agreed to put the car park on the open market and allow residents and interested external parties to contribute ideas and suggestions for the future of the space.
Many residents and companies have done exactly that – Radlett resident and former Aldenham Parish councillor, Lee Wood told Radlett News some of his ideas: “There’s so much potential there – a mini Shard or Gherkin would be brilliant there. But it could just be a plain, boring tower block – a cocktail bar and steak restaurant on the top floor with fantastic views.
“Flats all the way down for first timers and down-sizers and electric cars for residents to rent and a multi-use community centre on the ground floor with a coffee shop – multi-storey car parks at either end.”
The passionate resident thinks fellow Radlett dweller’s input is vital to the future of Newsberries.
“I am working hard behind the scenes to promote something that would be a legacy, not just a business proposition,” Lee said.
“It’s too risky to leave it to councillors and the officers. They’re well meaning, but not all the most creative and forward thinking. The project needs more input – from the residents. There’s so many experts here who could be a part of the conversation and the conclusion.”
Councillor John Graham, HBC portfolio holder for property and finance, commented: “The location of this car park in the heart of Radlett lends itself to a number of opportunities that would be of benefit to local business and residents.
“Whilst we pride ourselves in our enterprising approach we also strive hard to be an authority that engages with our residents and communities. It is important that the appraisal of any bids for the site from the market are evaluated over the next few months so that we can move forward on a preferred scheme which retains the existing number of car parking spaces to meet demand at Newberries.”
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