Sewer report could halt Panshanger Aerodrome development, claims campaigner

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 October 2013

Dean McBride outside Welwyn Hatfield Council offices

Dean McBride outside Welwyn Hatfield Council offices

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A campaigner claimed his evidence on sewerage could skewer plans to build homes on Panshanger Aerodrome and beyond.

Dean McBride, who heads up the Holwell Hyde Heritage group, which aims to preserve the airfield for future generations, said evidence he has gathered could sink home-building in “67 per cent of WGC, right through Panshanger to the QE2”.

He handed in a dossier to Welwyn Hatfield Council’s offices in Campus East, WGC, on Friday.

Mr McBride claimed to have unearthed information which shows there would be inadequate sewerage provision for housing developments.

He told the WHT: “What this means is this; the Emerging Core Strategy for housing in Welwyn Hatfield has no legal basis to build houses.

“There is no infrastructure in place and the proposed upgrades in 2008/2009 and onwards have not been carried out.

“Our council have built their housing plan on this 2009 water cycle study evidence and all that was written about has not been done, so there in a nutshell, is a promise that is based on air, it does not exist.

He said of his “cutting edge” evidence: “What started as saving Panshanger is now saving WGC.”

He added: “They [the council] are going to have to come clean.”

The sewerage study is one of a number of avenues Mr McBride has pursued in his crusade to save Panshanger Aerodrome.

Other strategies have focussed on the history of the site and he has contacted Her Majesty the Queen and European royalty with wartime connections to it.


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