Thousands more new homes needed in Welwyn Hatfield than expected

PUBLISHED: 06:00 26 September 2014

Building work

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Planning chiefs have admitted that their target for new homes was too low – and said around 12,500 are now needed in the next 20 years.

Authority bosses had originally expected 7,200 homes would be enough to meet housing needs across Welwyn Hatfield by 2031.

But they have now conceded the figure was at least 5,000 beneath what it should have been.

It comes after other councils, including authorities in Aylesbury Vale and West Dorset, had their local plans – which set out planning growth strategies – thrown out by the Government.

Next month a document will be released detailing where the council thinks 12,500 new homes should go.

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