Welwyn Hatfield Council defends Draft Local Plan recommendation

PUBLISHED: 15:08 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:28 17 March 2017

Welwyn Hatfield councillor Mandy Perkins

Welwyn Hatfield councillor Mandy Perkins

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Welwyn Hatfield Council has defended its planning committee’s recommendation that the Local Plan be submitted largely unchanged.

The Draft Local Plan – which outlines plans for around 12,000 houses in the borough by 2032 – received scathing feedback during a two-month public consultation last year.

However, the Cabinet Housing and Planning Panel (CHPP) backed officers’ recommendation to submit the plan to Government without any significant changes.

Cllr Mandy Perkins, Executive Member for Planning, Housing and Community, said: “Careful consideration of many thousands of responses since the start of this process has shaped our plan around the views of local people.

“The Draft Local Plan reflects this in many ways; growth is more evenly distributed around the borough’s villages, calls to look at a new settlement have been responded to with the inclusion of Symondshyde, and town centre policies have been developed to protect their unique character.

“It’s not easy to find a balance between conflicting points of view, as is most often the case when we’re reviewing comments, but I’m confident we have done our best for local people and the future of our borough.”

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