Revised plan for controversial Welwyn Garden City council HQ
PUBLISHED: 18:26 31 October 2013 | UPDATED: 10:29 01 November 2013
Council chiefs have backed down in the face of sharp criticism of a proposed extension of their Welwyn Garden City headquarters, and revised the controversial design.
The borough council’s design for a proposed rear extension to its Campus East base aroused a storm of criticism when unveiled in September.
Critics, including the Welwyn Garden City Society, argued the predominantly glass building was out of keeping with the neo-Georgian conservation area, and accused the authority of flouting its own planning rules.
But today, the council, which needs the extension as leases on other buildings will soon expire, has revealed a new design, subject to yet another consultation, ending on November 21.
Council leader John Dean said: “We value local feedback. We have taken on board the comments we have received from local people, including those of the Welwyn Garden City Society, and have come up with a modified design which I believe addresses some of the views we have received.
“We have modified the extension taking into account people’s views. We want to make sure that while the extension is fit for purpose and gives the housing trust and staff modern office facilities, it also blends in well with the existing building.”
For details and reaction to the revised design, see next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.
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