Just six minutes to speak on Welwyn Garden City’s Tesco plan

PUBLISHED: 06:25 05 September 2011

The former Shredded Wheat factory in WGC

The former Shredded Wheat factory in WGC


CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new Tesco store are due to be discussed by Welwyn Hatfield’s planning committee in October.

Welwyn Hatfield Council’s planning committee

The meeting is expected to take place at 7.30pm on October 6, at Campus West, WGC and is open to all.

Planning permission is being requested by Spenhill, the regeneration arm of Tesco, for a 50,000sq ft store, swimming pool, housing, doctors’ surgery, care home and YMCA, at the former Shredded Wheat site on Broadwater Road in WGC.

The proposals were expected to be put in front of councillors at their committee meeting in September, but behind-the-scenes discussions are still ongoing.

Despite this decision being one of the biggest in the Garden City’s recent history, Welwyn Hatfield Council officers are only allowing two objectors and two supporters of the plans to speak for just THREE minutes each at the committee meeting.

Peartree ward councillors are also allowed to address the committee.

A council spokeswoman said: “Anyone who has sent in written objections or observations may apply to register to speak by contacting the committee section after the agenda has been published.

“All speakers must be registered by 5pm on the day before the committee meeting.

“If more than two people register to speak about the same application, the committee officers will provide the contact details (on agreement) for the speakers to arrange with each other who will present their case.”

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