Proposal to build 11 new homes in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 08:04 04 March 2017

Eleven homes have been proposed for land off Bessemer Road, Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Google Street View

Eleven homes have been proposed for land off Bessemer Road, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Google Street View


A major planning application has been submitted for 11 three-bed houses in Welwyn Garden City.

Patrick Prebble, of Surrey, wants to build the new homes on an area of “vacant” land between Sewells/Harwood Close and Bessemer Road, Welwyn Garden City.

Access to the plot would be from Sewells.

The application includes parking for 22 cars and three disability spaces.

In a design and access statement submitted by the developer, it is noted: “Concerns were raised by the council’s environmental health officer regarding the potential noise and vibration impact of the railway line, which runs immediately to the east of the site.

“A noise and vibration survey was undertaken by a specialist consultant and the result shows that the noise levels and the degree of vibration are of an acceptable level to allow the application site to be developed for residential use.”

The design and access statement continues: “The land as noted previously, is unclassified on the District Plan and is not, therefore, urban open land.

“It is also not classified as back garden land as there are no dwellings or other buildings on the land at this time.

“Under the definitions as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework the land can be described therefore as under utilised urban land for which there is a presumption in favour of the maximisation of the development potential given that the site will form a successful sustainable development.”

The plan is currently open to public consultation on Welwyn Hatfield Council’s website, reference 6/2016/2700/MAJ

At this stage the developer is seeking outline planning permission.

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