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Green belt saved from developers

Some residents had to evacuate their homes in October 2000
There is no need to take land out of the local green belt to meet WHDC housing targets - NMDGBS
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Plans to take three local areas of land out of the green belt to meet housing targets have been rejected. Now only two small areas will be affected.

The news has been welcomed by the North Mymms District Green Belt Society (NMDGBS), which campaigned to save three sites where the owners wanted to build houses.

The following report has been submitted by NMDGBS secretary, Bob Horrocks.

There is no need to take land out of our green belt to meet the Welwyn Hatfield housing targets up to 2011.

In 2003 a public inquiry heard the objections to proposed changes to Welwyn Hatfield's District Plan. Once adopted this new plan will set the guidelines for all developments in Welwyn Hatfield up to 2011.

The planning inspector's report has now been sent to the council and it can be viewed at the council offices. It recommends no change to the green belt boundaries, apart from two small areas next to 51 Harmer Green Road and 15 Digswell Park Road.

Last year the North Mymms District Green Belt Society held two public meetings and circulated two newsletters. The society advised residents of Brookmans Park and Welham Green of proposals by the landowners to take three areas of land out of the Green Belt adjacent to Welham Green. Approval could have resulted in more than 500 houses being built on Marshmoor, 200 at Skimpans Farm fields, and 70 at land at the end of Welham Manor, off Dixons Hill Road. The society gathered about 1,000 signatures opposing these proposals, which were presented to the council by Bob Wilson, president of the society. Committee members from the society also attended the inquiry when green belt issued were discussed.

The hard work in carrying out these actions has been rewarded. The planning inspector has taken notice of local opinion.

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

17 May 2004

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