Future of Hatfield church in residents' hands

PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 October 2012 | UPDATED: 14:47 01 October 2012

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THE future of a church lies in residents' hands with a consultation launched today (Monday) to decide if it should be redeveloped into flats.

Welwyn Hatfield Council has called on the public to put forward views on whether a covenant, which dates back to 1963, should be lifted at the City Church Hatfield.

Trustees of The Wades church want to move to a larger site at Gracemeads and were granted planning permission for the development of 12 two bedroom flats on the existing site.

Monday Councillor Alan Franey, deputy leader of the council, said: “Given the strength of feeling from representatives in the area, we felt it important to allow Hatfield residents and those that may use church facilities in the local area the opportunity to let us know their views on this matter.”

The authority does not know if the covenant, which was put in place by the Hatfield Development Corporation, is intended to protect the site as a church or the interests of the development corporation.

Objections have been made on behalf of three congregations in the town that argue there is a need for the church in the current building for the community’s benefit, but the existing tenants argue the site at Gracemead House and the selling of the current church site for housing will be of more benefit to the local community

The consultation has started and will run until November 23 with a final decision expected in December at a special cabinet meeting.

To make your voice heard log on to www.welhat.gov.uk and fill in a form or call 01707 357455 to request a printed version.

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