Concerns grow over Welwyn Hatfield housing plans

PUBLISHED: 10:17 21 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:31 21 September 2016

Clive Bennett at the local plan exhibition

Clive Bennett at the local plan exhibition

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Worried people from across the south of Welwyn Hatfield thronged an exhibition of development plans they fear wil place intolerable strain on the area.

The borough council’s consultation event on its draft Local Plan in Brookmans Park attracted visitors from neighbouring communities including Welham Green and Little Heath.

Clive Bennett of the North Mymms Distict Green Belt Society is concerned about several proposed developments, includinng the Marshmoor industrial estate near Welham Green Station, and residential developments in Little Heath and Bradmore Lane of 135 and 250 houses respectively.

He said: “We can’t see the need for another industrial estate. The estate next to it has vacancies.

“The 250 homes at Bradmore Lane will generate quite a lot of cars, and there is a wildlife site there.”

Council officers were on hand at the United Reform Church in Oaklands Avenue to explain the displays and maps.

David Cooper, 78, of Holloways Lane, Welham Green, said: “We are very unhappy about it. I was born in the village. In 78 years it has developed massively. This is yet more over-development.”

Linda Linwood, 51, of Little Heath said: “Where are all these people going to park at Potters Bar Station if they work in London?

“The primary schools are all over-subscribed, and the doctors’ surgeries are full.”

Self-employed journalist Nicholas Lees, 61, of The Gardens, Brookmans Park, said: “I am dead against it.

“i am concerned about all the sites.

“It will affect all the area a great deal.”

The council says it has to plan for about 12,500 new homes so Welwyn Hatfield can play its part in meeting the national housing shortage.

Its consultation ends on October 24.


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