Anger as 50 homes on former Welwyn hotel site approved
PUBLISHED: 06:00 16 August 2013
CAMPAIGNERS reacted with fury after controversial plans to turn a fire-striken hotel into 50 new homes were narrowly approved last night (Thursday).
Politicans voted by a majority of seven to five to approve the bid to demolish the former Clock Hotel in Welwyn and replace it with flats.
Cries of “shame on you” from a large group of opponents greeted a Welwyn Hatfield committee as planning permission was granted.
Last night’s development management committee meeting heard 388 signatures had been collected since last week against the application.
Ward Councillor Mandy Perkins told councillors: “I have been a councillor in Welwyn for 18 years, and in all that time have never known the village to be as upset about any planning application as they are with this proposal.”
Concerns about the scheme’s design were raised, as well as traffic fears.
For a full report and reaction, see next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times
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