Council's hopes in plans for key site

PUBLISHED: 11:32 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 26 October 2009

A MASTERPLAN for the future of a controversial piece of land is being drawn up by concerned council officials. Supermarket giant Tesco now owns the majority of land between Broadwater Road and the railway in WGC, as the WHT exclusively revealed last week.

A MASTERPLAN for the future of a controversial piece of land is being drawn up by concerned council officials.

Supermarket giant Tesco now owns the majority of land between Broadwater Road and the railway in WGC, as the WHT exclusively revealed last week.

Tomorrow night Welwyn Hatfield councillors are meeting to discuss the future of the site which includes the landmark Shredded Wheat factory.

The Broadwater Road West report lays out the council's plans for the site.

It states: "The council's vision for this site is to create a high quality, well designed, sustainable development for the 21st century, which reflects the spirit of the garden city."

The hope is that the site will include a mix of offices near the railway station and a new housing estate, including five-storey high blocks of flats.

They also want a better bridge link to the town centre, children's play areas and leisure facilities.

Councillors are likely to recommend that the public are given six weeks to respond to the masterplan before it becomes ingrained in planning law.

Anyone then wishing to build on the site would then have to match the council's plans or have their planning permission turned down.

It is feared the site may then lie vacant for years.

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