Tesco plans for Welwyn Garden City site halted

PLANS to build a massive Tesco store on Broadwater Road in WGC have been blocked – for now.

The supermarket giant has been put on notice by Welwyn Hatfield Council and told it must provide more information about the proposal’s effects on the surrounding environment.

A council spokesman said: “Consideration of the application has been halted until the additional information is submitted.

“There is no deadline on Spenhill [the regeneration arm of Tesco] to provide this information.

“The new information supplied to the council in response to the notice will be published online and consulted upon.

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“However, only comments in relation to the updated environmental information can be considered, rather than the planning application as a whole which has already been open for comment.”

Since 1988 it has been a legal requirement for some development projects to undergo an environmental impact assessment before a planning decision is made.

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Any likely environmental effects of the project are then contained within an environmental statement that accompanies the planning application.

*Tesco plans to regenerate the site in WGC with a multi-million pound development, including a swimming pool, leisure centre, housing and a large supermarket.

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