Council approves former Shredded Wheat factory development in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 11:30 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:30 07 December 2018
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It's been confirmed - Welwyn Garden City's Wheat Quarter is going to be built.
At a meeting of the Welwyn Hatfield council’s Development Management Committee last night, councillors votes 12 to one to approve the development.
The only vote against was the Liberal Democrats’ Jaida Esin Calikan, councillor for Welham Green and Hatfield South.
Head of planning Colin Haigh tweeted: “Councillors described it as a fantastic addition to the town.”
The approved proposal went through broadly unchanged and comprises 1,454 units, mainly homes, as well as office, retail and community uses.
John West, development manager for the Wheat Quarter said he was delighted: “After working with the council and community for almost two years on these proposals, we can’t wait to begin building out The Wheat Quarter immediately.
“The plans approved just last night will transform this hugely important site in Welwyn Garden City. We are very keen to get on with delivering both open market and crucially, in partnership with Metropolitan Housing Trust, many more affordable homes for local people.
The plans as proposed to the council included around 414 homes classed as “affordable”.
The overall number of units in the latest proposal, 1,454, had shot up from the company’s earlier proposed number of 850.
“We are looking forward to seeing the delivery of the long talked about upgrade to the railway footbridge and the creation of outstanding, modern and flexible workspaces within the refurbished listed Production Hall building,” said Mr West.
The company had offered £750,000 towards the footbridge in the latest proposal.
He added: “The introduction of national and international art galleries, a museum and world class public art has been strongly welcomed by the public.
“The decision to celebrate the industrial heritage with proposals to retain the original silos and restore the railway lines as part of a cobbled piazza were a hit and we are delighted with the response to the introduction of the sensory garden.”