SITES FOR AN EXTRA 4000 HOUSES HAVE TO BE FOUND.
The following Introductory paragraphs are taken from the WHBC website.
The Draft Local Plan sets out the long-term planning framework for the borough, identifying how much and what type of development is needed, where it should or should not be located and whether any key infrastructure needs to be delivered, such as primary and secondary schools. Once adopted, the Local Plan will shape the future of the borough for at least 15 years ahead.
The Draft Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for examination in May 2017. An independent planning inspector, Melvyn Middleton BA(Econ), DipMgmt, MRTPI, was appointed to consider the soundness of the submitted plan.
The draft plan contains sites for 12,000 homes but the housing need is currently acknowledged to be about 16,000 homes to 2033.
As the plan does not meet the objectively assessed need for housing in full, the Inspector has asked the council to investigate if there is any scope for additional housing sites to be identified.
CALL FOR SITES 2019
Having taken the Inspector’s comments into account, the council decided to carry out a Call for (more) Sites.
The Call for Sites took place between 7th January and 4th February 2019. Over 140 sites were promoted for either housing, employment, mixed use or other forms of development.
Consultation on the new sites that are being promoted by landholders has now started and instructions on how to respond are on the WHBC website.
Responses to this Consultation have to be with the WHBC by 5pm on 18th June 2019.
All the promoted sites across the Borough can be studied on their website.
WPAG ACTION PLAN
The Welwyn Planning & Amenity Group (WPAG) were members of the Local Plan Working Party set up by the Welwyn Parish Council (WPC) in 2017.
In the past 24 hours the WPAG has encouraged the WPC to re-call that Working Party to prepare a response to the new list of Promoted sites.
WELWYN PARISH – PROMOTED SITES
For your ease of access, we list below the new sites being promoted for Welwyn Parish, including other neighbouring sites which have the potential to significantly affect Welwyn, should they be selected.
We do not as yet express our views on these sites, which have to be studied in depth.
It is perhaps necessary to remind you that the sites previously accepted for the Draft Local Plan, are still in place – this Consultation is only for the additional sites that the WHBC are now looking at, which have been promoted as a result of the Call for Sites 2019.
WELWYN PARISH, AND NEARBY, PROMOTED SITES
To find the Promoted Sites, please go to the following links to the Borough website.
RURAL NORTH – 2019 Promoted sites
OAKLANDS & MARDLEY HEATH – 2019 Promoted sites
DIGSWELL – 2019 Promoted sites
WOOLMER GREEN – 2019 Promoted sites