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Vet College plans to expand

The Royal Veterinary College in Hawkshead Lane, Little Heath has submitted plans to build a large animal hospital at the site.  There are also plans for a clinic and diagnostic centre, a rehabilitation centre and associated hay barn. If the plans are passed there would also have to be a new entrance to the site for vehicles.

It is understood that the building proposal, submitted to Welwyn Hatfield Council, could cost in the region of 20 million and would take between five and 15 years to complete.

The College is the largest and oldest of its kind in the UK and they now want to provide animals with the standard of care found in many human hospitals.

According to the Welwyn Hatfield Times, the director of estates and planning for the college, John Fisher, says it will provide some of the finest facilities in the UK.

’One can recognise that as the college is in the green belt there might be some concerns about it.   But the college was encouraged to come to the location 40 to 50 years ago and we are doing our best to ensure that anything we do will contribute to the green belt rather than taking away from it, such as planting and landscape management, ’ he is reported to have told the paper.

Earlier this year there was talk of Potters Bar Golf club selling some of its land for housing and expanding to the north with facilities and a new entrance in Hawkshead Lane.

September 29, 1999

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