Plans to demolish former Welwyn Garden City restaurant in favour of housing

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 March 2018

The East restaurant in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Danny Loo

The East restaurant in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Danny Loo

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A planning application has been submitted for the demolition of a former Welwyn Garden City restaurant and the construction of a number of new homes.

The East restaurant in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Danny LooThe East restaurant in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Danny Loo

Punch Partnerships PML Limited has applied to Welwyn Hatfield Council to demolish the former pub/restaurant building, The East, in Great North Road.

The other part of the planning application seeks consent to build seven four-bedroom homes with parking, bin and cycle storage, along with landscaping.

The development would retain the existing access point.

The site was most recently home to a restaurant, which closed in October last year, and prior to that it was used as a pub.

According to the developer’s design and access statement, a formal pre-application consultation took place with the council in July 2017.

The initial proposal had been for 10 four-bedroom townhouses to the front of the site, but the council suggested this would have resulted in an “overall cramped appearance”.

In response, the developer has reduced the number of proposed homes to seven and has set them back from the junction.

According to the new plans, “trees are retained as a visual screen around the site and additional landscaping is proposed”.

The homes would be terraced and three storeys high, with approximate floor areas of between 113sqm and 134sqm.

All of them would have “large private gardens to the rear” bound by a 1.8m high fence.

“In comparison to the visual mass of the existing public house/restaurant, the replacement terrace would represent a physical reduction in presence; the roof height and the building depth being less than the existing building,”according to the statement.

There are currently 30 parking spaces on the site and this would be reduced to 21.

In the statement, it is noted: “The redevelopment of the plot would not lead towards coalescence of two settlements between Welwyn

and Hatfield.

“The proposal would involve the redevelopment of an existing building and in comparison, to the visual mass of the existing public house/restaurant, the replacement terrace would represent a physical reduction in presence; the roof height and the building depth being less than the existing building.

“As such the gap between Welwyn and Hatfield and the gap between Stanborough and Welwyn Garden City would remain the same should the application site be developed for 7 dwellings.

“The proposed use and activity would not compromise the purpose of preventing neighbouring towns from merging.

“Furthermore, the proposal would not result in an over development of the site that would impact on the openness or purpose of the Green Belt.”

For more information, visit the council’s website and search with the reference 6/2018/0494/FULL.

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