650 homes plan for Panshanger airfield triggers flood of objections
PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 May 2018
Plans for 650 homes on the former Panshanger airfield site have sparked a wave objections on the borough council's website.
Nearly 50 official representations have been made in response to landowner Mariposa Investment’s proposals, which also include a two-form entry primary school, retail and community facilities, and allotments.
The majority are objections, most of which have been made by neighbours, but several residents have also thrown their weight behind the plans.
Daniells resident Marilyn Scofield said in his submission that he “strongly objects”, citing local already stretched infrastructure.
“There is considerable congestion on Mundells at rush hour, inadequate public transport and huge strain on local services,” he wrote.
“For example one GP surgery, dentist and shops where parking is impossible.
“A large increase in local population will put strain on the oversubscribed Lister Hospital.”
The site, already included in Welwyn Hatfield Council’s Local Plan, has been controversial from the outset as it potentially spells the end of Panshanger’s aviation history.
Space has been left to the north of the site, where a separate application for a community airfield has been made, but doubts have been raised over its viability alongside the housing.
In another neighbour representation, Ray Wilkinson said: “The Mariposa application does not provide sufficient width to reinstate the former runway, with safe zones either side, alongside the housing.
“If a runway were to be built where they suggest it could be, it would be too close to the new houses.”
However, 11 representations have been made in support – nine of those from residents in Tewin Water House.
One of those, Grant Castle, said the application would create a “diverse, thriving community”.
“The application also shows that the developer has also thought carefully about reducing potential environmental impacts, which means that the development would be clean and eco-friendly,” he added.
A Panshanger Lane resident added: “I note that rather than being built on Green Belt land it is replacing an airfield which was a significant source of noise nuisance, air pollution and danger to local residents.”