‘Shredded Wheat development will be good for Welwyn Garden City town centre’

PUBLISHED: 12:39 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:44 31 March 2017

A computer-generated vision of the proposed development of the former Shredded Wheat factory in Welwyn Garden City.

A computer-generated vision of the proposed development of the former Shredded Wheat factory in Welwyn Garden City.

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Redevelopment of the former Shredded Wheat factory site will breath new life into the whole of central Welwyn Garden City, according to the borough’s political planning chief.

Although several councillors have criticised the lack of affordable homes - less than six per cent of the 850 total - planning portfolio holder Mandy Perkins greeted approval of Tesco’s £356 million project in warm tones.

She said: “These plans will revitalise and rejuvenate the entrance to the town centre, which I know local people have been waiting a long time to see.

“It will improve the range of leisure and facilities, and by combining old and new, some original iconic features will be retained and restored.

“A considerable amount of work has taken place around affordable housing and the review at Phase Two offers the opportunity to look at providing more.

“Our many discussions with the applicant and other bodies have helped ensure the development is fully supported with the schools, roads, healthcare and community facilities local people depend on.”


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