12,000 homes for Welwyn Hatfield backed in final council vote

PUBLISHED: 21:23 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 21:30 10 April 2017

Panshanger Aerodrome from the air. Photo credit: Peter Sterling.

Panshanger Aerodrome from the air. Photo credit: Peter Sterling.

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Welwyn Hatfield Council has officially voted through plans for 12,000 homes to be built in the borough by 2032.

The proposal was backed at a showdown meeting this evening by all 24 present Conservative representatives, despite the 17 opposition councillors all opposing it.

Dozens of residents flocked to the meeting – with several claiming the local authority was not representing public opinion.

However, numerous councillors, including Mandy Perkins, executive member for planning, housing and community, stressed that careful consideration of residents’ views had shaped the plan.

It will now be submitted to the Secretary of State for assessment, and following a public examination in the summer, could be formally adopted in 2018.

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