Economist article: ‘The fight to preserve a pioneering planned town- the NIMBYs are right this time’.

Link to Economist article: ‘The fight to preserve a pioneering planned town- the NIMBYs are right this time’.  [You have to sign up but it is then free to read a number of articles] https://www.economist.com/britain/2021/04/17/the-fight-to-preserve-a-pioneering-planned-town

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BBC News: Elections 2021: Can Welwyn Garden City balance original vision with new housing?

Recent BBC News Piece  on Elections 2021: Can Welwyn Garden City balance original vision with new housing? with a quote from the Society: http://Elections 2021: Can Welwyn Garden City balance original vision with new housing?

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Broadwater: South Site – New Annotations of Images That Show Changes

The implications of the proposed changes on the Broadwater sites are (deliberately?) very hard to identify.  Annotated key images of the South Site showing the lost green spaces and new building block infills are below. Comments on the North site have been good, but alone they are not enough. Please register your comments on the […]

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Warehouse development in the Green Belt

Residents may have noticed the large new warehouses being constructed along Cole Green Lane, next to the new Welcome to Welwyn Garden City sign. This development is on land within the green belt, it appears it was granted planning permission by WHBC.  A short video has appeared on YouTube talking about this controversial development, you […]

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Broadwater North Site: Impact of Proposed Density Increases

This annotation shows the impact of the proposed density increases on the North site: The changes to the building heights are annotated on this plan: Source documents: North Site Planning Application DAS (Design Access Statement) There is a previous post on how to object with weblinks and suggested text.  Wake up Welwyn Garden: Enough is […]

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Object now to the latest Broadwater Road (Shredded Wheat) proposals

PLEASE ACT NOW!! The sky SHOULD NOT be the limit for the Shredded Wheat site. We shouldn’t allow the  Wheat Quarter “reach for the sky” if we are to keep the Garden City a ‘Garden’ City. The developer’s new plan seeks to build a mini-metropolis in the heart of our town. Have your say now! […]

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New updates added 23rd December

We have just added two new updates to our website, a new page about our the Shredded Wheat redevelopment here, and an update on the Local Plan for the Borough here. You can also read our recent update about the Poster Booths in the town centre and plans to refurbish them by clicking here. Our […]

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Plans for the Shredded Wheat site

  The new site owners recently held an exhibition of their  draft plans and vision for the site in the Howard Centre, in advance of a new planning application for the site in the near future. Society members attended the event to find out more. The Society was also given a detailed tour of the […]

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Local Plan Examination Stage 2

This week the government appointed Inspector, Mel Middleton, held the second stage of his planned hearings to examine the WHBC Local Plan. The plan  will be the blueprint for development in our borough up until 2031. The hearings took place over 4 days and were streamed live and can still be viewed as recordings. All […]

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Thoughts on Tarmac’s recent public exhibitions for Birchall Garden Suburb

Local landowner Tarmac held two public exhibitions of its proposals for Birchall Garden Suburb which includes 2,500 new homes, schools, recreation and employment land. The site covers the former Cole Green/Holwell Hyde landfill site with much of the area also falling under neighbouring East Herts Borough.  The former landfill site accepted waste from London and […]

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