Officers urge refusal of Welwyn Garden City bulk-buy wine store plans

PUBLISHED: 10:37 19 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:43 19 May 2015

21 Broadwater Road

21 Broadwater Road

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Plans for a bulk-buy wine store in WGC have been recommended for refusal by council officers.

Majestic Wine submitted an application to change the use of 21 Broadwater Road, from employment to retail use, with a view to installing the wine outlet.

But councillors Malcolm Cowan, Lib Dem, and Carl Storer, Conservative, questioned the scheme and called for it to be made by a committee decision.

Cllr Storer said: “The application raises unusual or sensitive planning issues which would benefit from consideration of the committee.”

Although Cllr Cowan was at pains to say: “I am not expressing any view on the desirability or otherwise of the application.”

Unit 21 Broadwater RdUnit 21 Broadwater Rd

Despite backing for the plan from residents, council officers, however, did express a view.

They urged refusal on the grounds that the applicant had “failed to prove by means of marketing, evidence to demonstrate to the Local Planning Authority that the land/building would no longer be required for the future employment and business needs of the borough”.

It was concluded the plan “would result in the unacceptable loss of an employment-generating site”.

The application is due to be decided by Welwyn Hatfield Council’s Development Management Committee on Thursday.


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