Update: It's 10,000 new homes for Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 15:39 12 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 October 2009

TIMES Territory WILL get 10,000 more homes. The nightmare proposals for thousands of new properties across the borough were revealed at a launch of the East of England Plan today (Monday). Welwyn Hatfield will receive £4.6m from the Government to build th

TIMES Territory WILL get 10,000 more homes.

The nightmare proposals for thousands of new properties across the borough were revealed at a launch of the East of England Plan today (Monday).

Welwyn Hatfield will receive £4.6m from the Government to build the new homes in our area to help reach the target of 508,000 more homes by 2021.

With land being used up for new housing seemingly at every possible piece of land, this latest news should create debate over whether Welwyn Hatfield can take the thousands of more properties.

With space at a premium it also means some Green Belt land could be built upon to accommodate the new homes.

There are also concerns over the lack of plans to improve the infrastructure with local roads already congested enough as it is.

County councillor Derrick Ashley said: "Since these plans first emerged in 2004, we have consistently argued that additional homes cannot be built without significant development to Hertfordshire's infrastructure.

"Hertfordshire is already dealing with over-stretched transportation routes; traffic flows are 30 per cent higher than the national average and our road and rail networks are already struggling to cope."

And county council leader Robert Gordon said "We are furious that the Government has again failed to listen to local concerns about the impact of these housing numbers.

"We accept that some additional homes are needed, particularly to help key workers who struggle to afford house prices in Hertfordshire, but the numbers in the plan are approaching double what we, as local representatives, feel the county can accommodate on this timescale."

* For more reaction keep checking www.whtimes24.co.uk and this week's issue of the WHT.


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