Gascoyne Estates is delighted to confirm that Anthony Downs has been appointed Estate Director at Hatfield and will assume responsibility for leading the wide-ranging and diverse activities of the Hatfield estate from 1st June 2019.
Anthony has worked at Hatfield for 19 years and is already a well-known and respected local figure through his involvement with Local Development Plan and for his work on the renovation of buildings across the estate, including Hatfield Railway Station and the building of new homes at Arm and Sword Lane and Church Lane in Old Hatfield.
Having grown up in the surrounding counties of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Anthony has always had close personal ties to Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas. Anthony understands and appreciates the county and its communities and is uniquely well placed to ensure the estate continues to play a positive role in promoting Hatfield as a dynamic and enterprising place to live, work and visit.
Anthony will continue to focus on the Local Development plan and he is now supported in this project by Simon Conibear, who previously headed up Poundbury for the Duchy of Cornwall. Anthony will also be prioritising the redevelopment of Salisbury Square in OId Hatfield and the enhancement of visitor facilities within Hatfield Park. He will also be working on plans for Mill Green, including the redevelopment of the Green Man pub, which has recently received planning consent for development from WHBC.
Lord Salisbury said “Lord Cranborne and I are delighted to appoint Anthony to this new role. It is important to us that Hatfield is represented locally by someone who lives and works in our community and who understands the challenges and opportunities we face. Anthony has already made a very remarkable contribution to Hatfield and we have every confidence the estate and our community will thrive under his direction.”