UPDATE ON THE LOCAL PLAN

APRIL 2021

In 2012 the government tasked all planning authorities with producing a Local Plan in order to determine the future pattern of development in each borough.

 

The Borough Council invited local landowners to submit land for consideration for development and these sites were assessed to determine whether they were suitable for inclusion in The Local Plan.

 

The first draft was put out for consultation in 2016 and at that point the Parish Council held a public meeting to determine the views of local residents.

 

In the Local Plan the Entech and Marshalls sites were earmarked for employment use and the Green Belt site was designated for housing. Residents views were that the brownfield sites should be used for development before resorting to the Green Belt and the Parish Council has continually pursued this approach in all it’s numerous representations to the Borough Council and through the examination process when invited to comment.

 

The Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for examination on 15th May 2017 and Mr Middleton BA(Econ) DipTP DipMgmt MRTPI, was appointed to carry it out. It is still ongoing but it is expected that a final main modifications consultation will take place later this year when there will be a further opportunity for residents and the Parish Council to express their views.

JANUARY 2020
You may remember that last summer there was a consultation on the new sites that had been put forward for inclusion in the Local Plan. Last week Parish Councillors met with our Borough Councillors to discuss the outcome of the analysis of these sites. We learned that the site in Heath Road adjacent to Mardley Heath had been rejected and that the Marshalls site and the land adjoining Knebworth had been selected.


Since last Thursday the Borough Council have held a series of meetings to discuss the Local Plan to determine which sites in Welwyn Hatfield should be included. Our planning consultant attended these meetings and Borough Councillor Steve Markiewicz spoke on Woolmer Green's behalf.The outcome was that the Knebworth site should be removed as it joins the two villages.


The Local Plan is now planning for 14,011 dwellings to be built across the Borough by 2036 which is still short of the assessed need of 16,000. It is hoped this will be an acceptable compromise.


You will get a chance to have your say in a consultation that will run for six weeks beginning on 10th February.


All the Borough meetings are available in their webcast library:

Cabinet Planning & Parking Panel, 23rd January 2020

Cabinet Planning & Parking Panel, 29th January 2020

Cabinet Meeting, 30th January 2020

CONSULTATION ON SITES PROMOTED THROUGH THE CALL FOR SITES 2019  

Deadline for comments: 5pm Friday 21st June 2019 

All Local Plan information can be found here: https://welhat.gov.uk/localplanexamination

CONTACTS

WELWYN PARISH COUNCILLOR MARK CASTLE: cllr.m.castle@welwynpc.org.uk

COUNTY COUNCILLOR RICHARD SMITH

Richard.Smith@hertfordshire.gov.uk

TO SIGN UP FOR THE BOROUGH LOCAL PLAN NEWSLETTER OR TO CONTACT WHBC FOR INFORMATION: localplan@welhat.gov.uk

TEL: 01707 357532