Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan costs taxpayers £4.22m and counting

PUBLISHED: 09:57 04 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:57 04 November 2015

Cllr Mandy Perkins

Cllr Mandy Perkins


Welwyn Hatfield’s delayed Local Plan has already cost taxpayers £4.22m, the WHT can reveal.

The borough council has been working on the plan since 2005. Once rubber-stamped, the plan will be to act as the blueprint for development across the borough between now and 2032.

However, it has already suffered a two-year delay with its completion date pushed back to spring/summer 2017.

Councillor Mandy Perkins, executive member for planning, housing and community, explained that the £4.22m expenditure had included independent studies, detailed work by planning officers and wide-reaching and extensive public consultation.

She highlighted that a proportion of this has been funded by Central Government grants.”

The borough is expected to absorb 12,500 new homes between 2011 - 2013.

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