Our chairman writes…

The Society’s new chairman for the current year, Will Davis, has written an introductory article the our website which can be read by clicking HERE.

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Society AGM – a successful evening.

Thanks to everyone who attended our AGM on the 26th. It was encouraging to see such a good turnout, which in itself is a sign of civic pride in our town. The committee took on board the points raised on the night and will consider them carefully over the coming months. Special thanks go to […]

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Young activist launches a petition over Splashlands

The Society is supportive of a young man by the name of Bailey Nash-Gardner, age 12, from the Woodhall area. Pro-active Bailey decided to start his own petition asking the council to at long last get on and build a Splash park or similar as a replacement for the much loved Splashlands which was closed […]

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Poster Booths Update

The poster booths that stand in Howardsgate have a complicated legal history. Currently, the land on which they stand has reverted to the Crown Estate.  This explains why they have been neglected for so long and complicates any proposal about their future. The Society believes that their loss to the town as an act of […]

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JD Wetherspoons 22 Parkway application

JD Wetherspoons have until February 22nd 2017 to appeal their planning application which was refused by WHBC  in August 2016. It is currently unknown if JD Wetherspoons intend to put in an appeal.

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Councillors reject J D Wetherspoon’s application to turn 22 Parkway into a Pub

You may have heard that the application by J D Wetherspoon to turn 22 Parkway into a pub was again unanimously rejected by councillors on the Development Management Committee (previously known as the Planning Committee) at a meeting held on Thursday evening. This second application was notable for the fact that it did not specify […]

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Access to Panshanger Park

Over the years we have been applying pressure on Tarmac to open up Panshanger Park as they are duty bound under the terms of a planning permission granted to them by Hertfordshire County Council to extract gravel from the park. Slowly the park is being opened up but ever so slowly. This photograph shows members […]

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Planning & Welwyn Garden City

We have prepared a guide to outline the planning laws relating to Welwyn Garden City, explaining how they came about and why they continue to be necessary. This guide explains how ‘planning’ is more complex in Welwyn Garden City and why these laws are still important to the town. To see the guide, please click  here.

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The poster booths in Howardsgate

Residents will be well aware of the poster booths in Howardsgate, which are suffering from real neglect.  This is the result of complex ownership and the fact that the economics of posters have long since changed and taken a turn for the worse. The Society has now set up a project team to apply to […]

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The Society makes a submission to the Commons Select Committee on the Operation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The Society has just made a submission on the Commons Select Committee which is examining the operation of the new planning laws. The submission focusses on Section 52 of the NPPF which is intended to foster the building of garden cities as a means of delivering large numbers of new homes to people. As the […]

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