Please sign the petition against building on Green Belt land below.

Precious Green Belt or 150 new houses?

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The proposed Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan allocates land (as marked on the map) for housing on The Green Belt to the east of the B197 in Woolmer Green (referenced as HS15 in the Local Plan).  This has been allocated 150 dwellings and is the only site for housing proposed in Woolmer Green.

Woolmer Green is a small village of approximately 600 dwellings and cannot sustain the growth proposed.  The infrastructure is already stretched - the B197 is very busy, the school is fully subscribed and the sewers cannot take this level of housing growth.  Further, important agricultural land will be lost and the distinctive open undulating character of the landscape would disappear.  The Green Belt amenity to all villagers and open views from Garden Road would be lost forever.  Woolmer Green has fought successfully to save its Green Belt land before and is prepared to fight to save it again.

 

There is a 'brown field' site to the west of the B197 (the Entech site) that could be allocated for housing or mixed housing and employment use. This has been designated in the Local Plan as pure employment land (referenced as EA10 together with other areas of designated employment land in Woolmer Green).  It could provide space for approximately 75 to 80 dwellings and potentially still retain some employment space.

 

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) allows local planning authorities to re-define Green Belt boundaries in a Local Plan but it also states that this should only be done in "exceptional circumstances".  Further information on Government policy on protection of the Green Belt can be found on the link below:

http://planningguidance.communities.gov.uk/blog/policy/achieving-sustainable-development/delivering-sustainable-development/9-protecting-green-belt-land/#paragraph_82

The plan opens for consultation from 30 August to 24 October and this is the last chance to influence the Local Plan.  Please find more information and respond to the consultation on:

http://www.welhat.gov.uk/localplan

In addition, please sign the petition which the campaign group will present to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council in October (link below)



Latest News and Updates

  • PUBLIC MEETING ON THE DRAFT LOCAL PLAN WEDNESDAY 12th OCTOBER, 7.30pm AT THE VILLAGE HALL Local Plan Friday, 30 September 2016 00:00 administrator PUBLIC MEETING ON THE DRAFT LOCAL PLANWEDNESDAY 12th OCTOBER, 7.30pm AT THE VILLAGE HALLPlease come along and lend ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2016, 8:35 AM by Tim Dix
  • Tips for an effective response to the Consultation You can reply to the consultation online via the consultation portal:http://www.welhat.gov.uk/localplanor by filling in the relevant form obtainable from the Parish CouncilYou ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2016, 8:33 AM by Tim Dix
  • Villagers worry of ‘chaotic’ traffic after housing plans approved Earlier this month councillors accepted officers’ recommended sites for the draft Local Plan, which included plans for around 150 homes in the village.If they get the thumbs-up later ...
    Posted Aug 26, 2016, 2:22 AM by Tim Dix
  • Huge School Proposal Rejected by the Government A Victory for Common SenseThe Save Woolmer Green Campaign has recently learnt that the We Need a School (WNAS) Free School application to build an 800+ pupil secondary school ...
    Posted May 23, 2011, 7:36 AM by Mark Castle
  • Petition Status - May 1st The petition against the school now stands at an incredible 1974 with 659 of those being from Woolmer Green.Here is a breakdown of the petition by Village:And here ...
    Posted May 1, 2011, 3:13 PM by Admin Admin
  • Public Meeting - March 31st Public Meeting Thursday 31st March 2011 at 7:30pm  Woolmer Green Village Hall. Please be there to show your support.
    Posted Mar 24, 2011, 5:30 AM by Tim Dix
  • Free School ‘evidence of demand’ not validated by the DfE The Hertfordshire Free School being promoted by the “We Need a School” group (WNAS), which is attempting to build a secondary school for 800+ children and 100+ staff on green ...
    Posted Mar 13, 2011, 11:21 AM by Tim Dix
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