Controversial plan lodged for new car park at Welwyn North Railway Station

PUBLISHED: 14:28 11 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:28 11 February 2015

Plans for a new car park at Welwyn North Station have sparked controversy

Plans for a new car park at Welwyn North Station have sparked controversy

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Plans to tarmac over a former coal yard and turn it into a station car park in Digswell, near Welwyn, have been criticised.

A bid has been lodged to create a car park with 65 spaces in Station Road, next to Welwyn North Station.

But neighbours claim there is no need for it, and voiced fears it would bring extra traffic to the village.

An application was lodged by London-based Frankham Consultancy Group Ltd, and would see the site cleared.

The developers claim the site is poorly-maintained and the car park would meet the needs of commuters.

But responding to the application, which is being weighed up by planners at Welwyn Hatfield Council, Paul Watson, of Cubitts Close, said: “There is sufficient parking for the station, additional parking is not required and may encourage more traffic into the village.”

He warned that walking along Harmer Green Lane would become increasingly dangerous if the car park was approved.

A planning statement supporting the project said: “The car park is to be constructed next to the existing Welwyn North Railway Station for the benefit of commuters and to provide additional parking to ease the pressures on the surrounding highways.”

A consultation period on the proposed pay and display car park ends on February 20.

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