200-homes bid for Welwyn Garden City thrown out

PLANS to build more than 200 homes on brownfield land in WGC have been thrown out by planning chiefs. Officers at Welwyn Hatfield Council rejected a detailed proposal from developers Taylor Wimpey to construct 207 dwellings on the site of the former Roche

PLANS to build more than 200 homes on brownfield land in WGC have been thrown out by planning chiefs.

Officers at Welwyn Hatfield Council rejected a detailed proposal from developers Taylor Wimpey to construct 207 dwellings on the site of the former Roche factory in Broadwater Road.

The plans would have also seen the development of an open space for the public and the conversion of an existing listed building into a community facility.

However, after considering Taylor Wimpey's application, planning officers decided to turn it down for a number of reasons.


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A report setting out their decision says the development offers "no affordable housing".

It also expresses concerns about the design of the building, parking and a lack of play facilities for children.

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After learning the development was turned down, the WHT contacted Taylor Wimpey for a comment.

Hinting that an appeal could be in the pipeline, a spokesman said: "We were surprised and disappointed to have our planning application refused and we shall now take the time to consider our options for the future of this site.

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