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Green belt update meeting planned

Green belt land
The NMDGBS wants to protect the green belt throughout the district
  Camera courtesy of Fujifilm

A second public meeting is being arranged to inform local residents about possible changes to the green belt in North Mymms.

The last meeting, held on Monday 19 May, was attended by 185 local residents.

It was called by the North Mymms District Green Belt Society (NMDGBS) to inform residents about the local areas being considered for possible development as part of the Welwyn Hatfield District plan review.

Now, a follow-up meeting is being organised, possibly on Monday 30 June, to update local residents on the progress of a number of areas under consideration.

The NMDGBS is taking particular interest in proposals, which the group says would take three areas of land out of the green belt:

  • 52 acres of land at Marshmoor (the land between the railway line and the A1000, north of Dixons Hill Road)
  • 10 acres of land known as Skimpans Farm Meadows (between the railway line and Station Road, south of Bulls Lane)
  • 2.2 acres of land at the end of Welham Manor, off Dixons Hill Road.
The society fears that, if the status of these areas is changed, developers could then build a total of around 700 homes on the sites.

According to the NMDGBS, dates have been set for the consideration of draft proposals for two other local operations which the society has shown an interest in.

The Royal Veterinary College’s (RVC) plans will be considered on 15 July and the morning of 16 July, and the plans submitted by Crown Castle Estates, for the Brookmans Park Transmitting Station, on the afternoon of 16 July and the morning of 17 July.

The RVC has already held a public meeting to explain its plans to local residents and produced a brochure and a drawing of the proposed changes.

Members of the public are invited to attend the Welwyn Hatfield District Plan inquiry and, according to the NMDGBS, those who want to speak are given the opportunity to do so.

The sessions are being held at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City from 10am to 5pm.

The Welwyn Hatfield District Plan Review is the proposed framework for development in the district up to the year 2011. Once adopted, it will be used by Welwyn Hatfield Council to decide whether planning applications can go ahead or not.

You can discuss this issue in this site’s Forum.

29 May 2003

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