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 planĀ  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 the sessions can be watched again via the WHBC website here: http://welwyn.nucast.live/

The final session on Friday was different in that was essentially the Inspector offering guidance to WHBC regarding the soundness of the plan based on what he’d heard during the week. His summary seemed to be that he didn’t think the plan was sound as it stands, but could potentially be so with the right modifications. He could not specify what those changes should be, but gave the WHBC some steer on the areas that he felt should be revisited.

That session lasted an hour and a half, and can be watched below:

The Inspector has not yet looked specifically at any of the proposed sites being put forward, including Birchall Garden Suburb and Panshanger, that is set to happen in December or in the early part of next year. Our letter concerning the possible contamination on the BGS site, and concerns others may express about sites proposed should all be considered at these future hearings. There remains a long way to go before these important future plans for our town are finalised, many areas of contention remain unaddressed.

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