Moving goalposts delay Welwyn Hatfield housing blueprint

PUBLISHED: 13:02 08 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:02 08 August 2013

The publication of the emerging core strategy has been delayed .

The publication of the emerging core strategy has been delayed .


‘MOVING goalposts’ have forced housing chiefs to delay publishing a controversial housing blueprint for around nine months.

Welwyn Hatfield Council’s Emerging Core Strategy has sparked responses from thousands of residents objecting to the plans, that will decide the face of the Borough over next 20 years.

It was thought the letters and petitions objecting to the 7,200-home scheme would be fed into the document by the end of the year.

But changes to government strategy and targets, mean there is more technical work to be done.

With the revised plan to be published in Summer 2014.

Councillor Mandy Perkins, cabinet member for planning, said: “It is important that we complete the significant further technical work resulting from the public consultation before we go any further with the Core Strategy. “As the report to the cabinet panel indicates, this is likely to mean that the council will not be in a position to consider any revisions to the strategy until summer 2014.

“Whilst it is important that the strategy is in place as quickly as possible, we owe it to residents all others who responded to ensure that we have given the fullest consideration to all of the issues that have arisen during and since the consultation.”

Welwyn Hatfield Council’s cabinet is set to discuss the delays and the core strategy tonight (Thursday).

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