Hundred homes in village plan dismissed by council

PUBLISHED: 15:04 09 October 2016

Welwyn Hatfield Council offices

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Plans for nearly 100 new houses "in the heart of Welwyn" have been dismissed by the borough council.

Property company King & Co want to build 95 houses between Whitehill and School Lane on land currently used for farming,

The proposals were detailed in leaflets posted to village residents, which stated King & Co would “do our best” to ensure affordable housing for local people was provided.

The company wrote: “We have suggested to the council that half of the new homes should be available at below the market rate – for example, under the Government’s new starter homes scheme or through equity sharing.”

According to the leaflet, the group is currently promoting the site to Welwyn Hatfield Council as part of the Draft Local Plan.

However, borough councillor Mandy Perkins, portfolio holder for planning, housing and community, previously told the WHT the landowner’s initial proposals were turned down earlier in the Local Plan process.

She said: “There has been some confusion amongst residents over the land between School Lane and Whitehill in Welwyn, and I thought it would be useful to clarify the council’s position.

“The site does not have planning permission and is not included in the Draft Local Plan. The council’s view remains that there are more suitable sites in the borough to meet future housing needs.

“I understand the landowner is doing its own promotion of the site, which I anticipate will be submitted as a response to the current consultation.

“I hope this helps resolve any misunderstanding, and I urge everyone to make their views known by responding to the consultation.”

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