‘Build new homes in your own patch, not ours’, East Herts tells borough bosses

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 January 2013

The map showing the disputed territory

The map showing the disputed territory


EXPANSION plans which could see Welwyn Hatfield homes stretch into East Herts could be blocked.

Welwyn Hatfield Council wants to put 400 homes into the neighbouring district as part of its housing blueprint for the next two decades – dubbed the Emerging Core Strategy.

But East Herts Council has objected – with members saying the borough should build the homes in its own patch.

The authority’s planning boss, Councillor Mike Carver, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times East Herts Council’s first duty is to its own residents.

He said: “Each side insists we have a responsibility to our plan first.

“Along with the duty to co-operate there is not a duty to agree, there will be several [meetings] to go on.

“I think this was previously described and [the plan] did not come in the format we expected, but overall we are good mates in Hertfordshire and we want to find the best solution for everyone.”

A spokesman for East Herts said: “Welwyn Hatfield Council has included East Herts Council as necessary in the formal consultation on its plan.

“At this stage, East Herts notes that whilst there may be some potential for development to take place in the location to the east of WGC, it is of the view that development needs generated within the Welwyn Hatfield Council area can be accommodated within their own boundaries.”

Welwyn Hatfield Council’s housing boss, Mandy Perkins, denies the objection throws the strategy into question, which if approved will see more than 7,000 homes built, with 2,100 set to be thrown up on Green Belt land.

She told the WHT: “This is what consultation is all about.

“The Emerging Core Strategy proposes building 400 (out of 7,200) dwellings across the border in East Herts, but next to WGC. Everyone’s responses, including East Herts, will be taken into account at the end of the consultation.”


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