Critics lodge objections over former Shredded Wheat site plans

PUBLISHED: 17:24 16 March 2018

Artist's impression of the plans for the former Shredded Wheat site. Picture: Collado Collins

Artist's impression of the plans for the former Shredded Wheat site. Picture: Collado Collins

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Plans for around 1,500 homes at WGC's former Shredded Wheat site have been dealt a blow with after several objections were lodged.

Demolition of the Shredded Wheat Factory in Welwyn Garden City continues. Picture: Danny LooDemolition of the Shredded Wheat Factory in Welwyn Garden City continues. Picture: Danny Loo

The application – submitted earlier this ear – also includes provision for a wellness centre, employment space and a civic building, but Sport England is among those to officially voice its opposition.

It said that no on-site provision is made for outdoor sports facilities, and although the plans include a leisure centre, it is unclear whether it would be a commercially operated and require membership.

But the submission adds: “This position would be reviewed if it was proposed that appropriate financial contributions would be made towards off-site indoor and outdoor sports facility provision, secured through a section 106 agreement.”

A Salvisberg Court resident also lodged an objection, claiming the housing would be “too dense, resulting in an overcrowded feel and knock-on impacts with insufficient parking and increased traffic”.

Demolition of the Shredded Wheat Factory in Welwyn Garden City continues. Picture: Danny LooDemolition of the Shredded Wheat Factory in Welwyn Garden City continues. Picture: Danny Loo

They added: “The traffic is already congested at peak times in Broadwater Road and the additional traffic from 1340 residential dwellings will be a severe problem, even just trying to exit and enter the site.

“Similarly, the parking provision will not be enough for the residents let alone the additional problems that will be caused by the proposed Estate Management Strategy proposal.”

However, a York Way resident said in her submission that she has witnessed the town go downhill over the last 25 years, but this is what the town needs to “bring it back to life”.

“The planned development looks amazing and I am 100 per cent in support,” she added.

Demolition of the Shredded Wheat Factory in Welwyn Garden City continues. Picture: Danny LooDemolition of the Shredded Wheat Factory in Welwyn Garden City continues. Picture: Danny Loo

A spokesman for the developer, Plutus Estates, said: “When we consulted the public we met hundreds of residents and received feedback from many of them – which was overwhelmingly positive.

“Of course there remain some concerns and we are working closely with the council on the issues raised.”

The proposals for the site have been consulted on with the council, local stakeholders and members of the public – hundreds of whom attended a two-day exhibition in the Howard Centre at the end of last year.

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