The plans for a new Morrisons superstore and state-of-the-art college in Hemel Hempstead town centre have been unveiled at a public exhibition.
Planners hope the scheme – dubbed The Link – will help kick-start the regeneration of the northern part of the town centre as part of the Hemel Evolution initiative.
Representatives from Morrisons and West Herts College were on hand at the public exhibition to get the thoughts of Dacorum residents before the final planning application is submitted to Dacorum Borough Council.
Andrew Birtwistle, development executive at Morrisons, said: “We were pleased to see over 750 people at our consultation event and we are delighted with the feedback we have received so far.”
The new Morrisons superstore, with a filling station and 500-space car park, will provide direct competition for the town’s big existing superstores, Tesco at Jarman Park and Sainsbury’s at Apsley Mills.
The proposed development, which could be finished by early 2015, is expected to create 350 new jobs and is designed to breathe new life into the town.
“We hope this development will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of this end of Marlowes,” said Mr Birtwistle. “We hope that it will bring much more investment to this part of the town.”
West Herts College, meanwhile, will also benefit from the project with new high-tech facilities which will allow it to offer a wider range of courses.
“We are really excited about the scheme,” said college principal Gill Worgan.
“It will enable us to provide a college that is modern, fit for purpose and state-of-the -art.
“We will be able to provide courses that will modernise expertise, provide traditional skills and really enable people to get on in life and work.”