Fresh plans imminent for former Welwyn Garden City post office premises

PUBLISHED: 15:10 07 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:10 07 February 2018

Plans will soon be submitted for the former Welwyn Garden City post office premises in Howardsgate.

Plans will soon be submitted for the former Welwyn Garden City post office premises in Howardsgate.

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A planning application is soon to be submitted for the former Welwyn Garden City Costcutter and post office premises in Howardsgate.

The unit at 17-19 Howardsgate is being marketed by JLL, which states online that it is currently ‘under offer’.

JLL agent Richard Yendle told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I can’t say [what for] at the moment, but there will be a planning application going in shortly.

“It will be for a change of use.

“We already tried for a gym and that got turned down.

“It’s not a gym this time.

“We have had a lot of interest over time.

“We were talking to two parties and we have selected one.”

In May last year, a planning application was submitted to Welwyn Hatfield Council for a gym at 17-19 Howardsgate following the closure of the premises in October 2016.

The gym plans were rejected in June 2017.

In a decision notice, the council stated: “The proposed change of use of the premises to Class D2 (gym) would result in the proportion of non-A1 uses within the linear shopping frontage to be in excess of the minimum 50% threshold.

“Accordingly the proposal would be contrary to Policy TCR8 of the Welwyn Hatfield District Plan 2005 and the National Planning Policy Framework.

“No information has been submitted to enable the Local Planning Authority to identify if there would be any noise disturbance to neighbouring occupiers and residential premises.

“Therefore the application would be contrary to Policy CLT2 part ii) & iii), TCR8, R19 of the Welwyn Hatfield District Plan 2005 and the National Planning Policy Framework.”

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