Residents oppose development on Green Belt land in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 09:24 18 March 2016

Proposed plans for the Symondshyde development

Proposed plans for the Symondshyde development

Gascoyve Cecil Estates

More than 500 residents have signed a petition opposing housing developments on the Green Belt near Symondshyde Great Wood.

The petition was created by John Gardner, of Lemsford, in response to Hatfield-based Gascoyne Cecil Estates’ plan to build 1,100 dwellings on the land.

According to the petition, the development will “destroy the rural and historic character of the local countryside”, as well as overloading country lanes and having a negative effect on wildlife.

The petition also argues that the new houses could cause a loss of recreational resources for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, and it will impact Coopers Green Lane and Marford Road.

A spokeswoman for Welwyn Hatfield Council said: “The 1,100 dwellings for Symondshyde is a site that has been promoted in response to last year’s consultation on the Local Plan and is one of a number of new sites which the council is assessing for its suitability.

The assessment will take into account any impact on wildlife the Green Belt and the road network.

“Residents will be able to comment on the council’s proposals when the draft Local Plan is published for further consultation this summer.”

The closing date for the petition is Saturday, May 7.

To sign the petition go to

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