B&Q has confirmed that it plans to object a planning appeal that would see its Welwyn Garden City store demolished to make way for 151 homes.

The proposal submitted by Thrive Homes was refused by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council back in 2021, after residents objected to the plans and even launched a petition that received almost 1,000 signatures.

The plans would see the current building in Swallowfields turned into three tower blocks, each up to five storeys tall and containing 151 dwellings.

One block would have 29 one-bed flats, 28 two-bed flats and two three-bed flats, while the other two blocks would comprise of 20 one-bed flats, 18 two-bed flats and eight three-bed flats.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Thrive Homes has appealed the rejected plans.Thrive Homes has appealed the rejected plans. (Image: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council)

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The B&Q store on the site would be demolished and the car park would be removed, but the planning application still would still have 151 unallocated car parking spaces and 16 additional spaces provided for visitors.

B&Q did not support the original application back in 2021, and have confirmed that they will object to the appeal.

"We are aware of the appeal against the planning application refusal for the Swallowfields site," said a spokesperson for the DIY retailer. 

"B&Q remains committed to a store in the Welwyn Garden City area and intends to object to the planning application.

"The lease on the store runs until October 2024 and the store will remain open as usual until at least then.

"As soon as we have any further details our colleagues will be the first to know."