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42 North Mymms sites put forward for development

Your time-limited chance to comment on local proposals

Update: Deadline for comments now 9am on Monday 24 June


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42 new and re-promoted North Mymms sites that could be developed to accommodate more than 3,200 new homes have been revealed. They were put forward earlier this year when Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council made a fresh call for sites after the independent inspector ruled that the current Draft Plan didn’t meet the local housing requirement. All are in the green belt.

Sites that were previously promoted and allocated are currently in the Draft Local Plan. Many of the previously promoted sites that were not allocated are now being re-promoted, either in their original or revised form, in the fresh call for sites.

The council has invited comments on these new and re-promoted sites during a six-week consultation process. Residents have until Tuesday 18 June to have their say about the areas being considered.

Consultations on the new and re-promoted sites are taking place over the next six weeks beginning on Tuesday 7 May and ending at 9am on Monday 24 June 2019.

Registering your comments


You can access the council's planning portal here where you can download a response form or comment online. The council has prepared a guide for those who wish to comment on any of the proposed sites.

The fact that the sites have been made public at the same time as the consultation announced offers a short timeframe for considered responses.

The former Conservative-led council decided not to make the sites public until after the recent elections even though they have known where the sites are for months.

The North Mymms sites


Below are the new and re-promoted sites put forward in North Mymms broken down into six areas, Bell Bar and Brookmans Park, Little Heath, Swanley Bar, Welham Green, and Rural South, which contains four sites in North Mymms including development at Water End, at the Warrengate Road treatment plant, and land north of Shepherds Way, Brookmans Park. There are also two sites at Angerlands that are in North Mymms but fall under the newly-promoted Hatfield sites.

All the sites are in the green belt, although one site in Brookmans Park is classed as green belt and part urban and two sites in Welham Green are classed as green belt and part urban.

Below is a map for each area along with details of the sites put forward. Unfortunately these maps do not show the sites currently allocated in the Draft Local Plan.

Bell Bar and Brookmans Park


Map image from the WHBC website

17 sites were promoted in and around Bell Bar and Brookmans Park


BrP1
Upper Bell Lane Farm, Bell Lane, Bell Bar
Current Use: Grazing land
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 140 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP26
Meadowcroft, Great North Road, Bell Bar
Current Use: Residential
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 5 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP33
Land at Firs Stables, Woodside Lane, Bell Bar
Current Use: Vacant land
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 27 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP35
Bell Bar Pet Farm, Bell Lane & Aylmer motorworks, Great North Road, Bell Bar
Current Use: Residential and car repair workshop
Promoted Use: Residential
Promoted Capacity: 15 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP5
Land west of Brookmans Park
Current Use: Agricultural
Promoted use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 290 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP6
Land west of Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Agricultural
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 210 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP9
Friday Grove, north of Hawkshead Road, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Grazing
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 190 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP9a
Friday Grove, east of Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Grazing
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 50 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP10
Raybrook Farm, Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Equestrian buildings, livery and grazing land
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 120 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP12
Land north of Peplins Way, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Agricultural (meadow/pasture land)
Promoted Use: Housing, care home and scout hut
Promoted Capacity: 125 dwellings, 80 bed care home and scout hut
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP12a
Land north of Peplins Way, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Agricultural (meadow/pasture land)
Promoted Use: Housing, care home and scout hut
Promoted Capacity: 87 dwellings, 80 bed care home and scout hut
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP14a
Land east of Golf Club Road, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Garden land and woodland
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: Not specified
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP31a (promoted as an extension to BrP31)
68 Georges Wood Road and land to the rear of 70 Georges Wood Road, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Detached dwelling, garden land and woodland
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: Not specified
Green Belt/Urban: Part Green Belt and part urban

BrP32
Land west of Queenswood School, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Agricultural
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 450 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP34
Brookmans Park Transmitting Station, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Communications infrastructure and office space
Promoted Use: Mixed use (housing, elderly care community, employment and retention of telecommunications related development on part of site)
Promoted Capacity: 220-225 dwellings, elderly care accommodation (2,450m2), commercial hub (6,550 m2), plus retained buildings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP36
Land at Brookmans Park Golf Club, Golf Club Road, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Golf club car park, practice green, clubhouse and tennis club
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 23 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

BrP37
Brookmans Park Reservoir and Water Tower, Kentish Lane, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Reservoir and water tower
Promoted Use: Employment
Promoted Capacity: Not specified
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

Little Heath


Map image from the WHBC website

Three sites were promoted in and around Little Heath


LHe3 - promoted as an extension to site HS24/BrP7, which is proposed for allocation in the Draft Local Plan
Land south of Hawkshead Road, Little Heath
Current Use: Agricultural
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 105-123 dwellings  as part of an extended site, which is proposed for allocation in the Draft Local Plan for 100 dwellings (HS24)
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

LHe4
Studlands, Hawkshead Road, Little Heath
Current Use: Residential
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 7-9 dwellings (existing dwelling to be retained)
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

LHe5
Videne, Hawkshead Road, Little Heath
Current Use: Residential
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: Not specified
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

Swanley Bar


Map image from the WHBC website

Five sites were promoted in and around Swanley Bar


SB1 (previously known as LHe3 in HELAA 2016)
Land south of Swanley Bar Lane, Swanley Bar
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: Up to 100 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

SB1a (sub-parcel of SB1)
Land south of Swanley Bar Lane, Swanley Bar
Current Use: Agricultural/Horse grazing
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: Up to 60 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

SB1b (sub parcel of SB1)
Land south of Swanley Bar Lane, Swanley Bar
Current Use: Agricultural/Horse grazing
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: Up to 30 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

SB2
Land at Swanley Bar Lane/Great North Road, Swanley Bar
Current Use: Disused sewage works and other ad-hoc structures
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 27 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

SB3
104 Hawkshead Road, Little Heath
Current Use: Residential
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 7-9 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

Welham Green


Map image from the WHBC website

11 sites were promoted in and around Welham Green


WeG1
Units 1-3, 51 Welham Manor, Welham Green
Current Use: Workshop for the repair, maintenance and paint spraying of motor vehicles
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 18 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

WeG3
Land south of Welham Manor, Welham Green
Current Use: Paddock / Agricultural
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 45 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt (except urban area for access from Welham Manor).

WeG3a
Land south or Welham Manor and west of Station Road, Welham Green
Current Use: Paddock / Agricultural, two dwellings and garden land
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 74 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt and part urban

WeG6
Skimpans Farm, Bulls Lane, Welham Green
Current Use: Agricultural/grazing land
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 75 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

WeG10
Land at Dixons Hill Road, Welham Green
Current Use: Grassland for grazing
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 120 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

WeG11
Land at Marshmoor Lane, Welham Green
Current Use: Disused (former stables, paddock)
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 14 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

WeG12
Land north of Pooleys Lane, Welham Green
Current Use: Grazing
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 79  - 140 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

WeG15
Land at Potterells Farm, Station Road, Welham Green
Current Use: Agricultural land and buildings
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 140 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

WeG17
Land south of Dixons Hill Road, Welham Green
Current Use: Agricultural (arable)
Promoted Use: Primary School
Promoted Capacity: 2 FE
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

WeG19
Land to the side of 'Cravenia', Great North Road, Welham Green
Current Use: Pasture land
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: Not specified
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

WeG20
St Mary's Church Primary School, 91 Dellsome Lane, Welham Green
Current Use: Primary School and playing field
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 20 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

Rural South



Four sites in North Mymms


Seven sites were promoted in the rural areas to the south of the borough with four of those sites in North Mymms.

BrP17
Land east of Swanland Road & west of Warrengate Road
Current Use: Agricultural
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: Not specified
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

RS3
Land North of Queenswood School, Shepherds Way, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Agricultural/occasional outdoor leisure uses
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 300 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

RS4
Land at Ramsey Close, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Residential with associated amenity land
Promoted Use: Housing
Promoted Capacity: 10 dwellings
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

RS5
North Mymms Water Treatment Site, Warrengate Road, Brookmans Park
Current Use: Water treatment site
Promoted Use:Employment
Promoted Capacity: Not specified
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

Hatfield



Hat20
Angerland Common (south), Hatfield
Current Use: Open space
Promoted Use: Flexible range of land uses sought including, use class D1 (non-residential institutions), B1 (business) and B2 (general industrial) with links to the University. Plus a surface level car park or other development, e.g. bus depot
Promoted Capacity: Not specified
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

Hat21
Land at Angerland Common (north), Hatfield
Current Use: Park & Ride car park for University
Promoted Use: Multi-storey car park (decanting parking from the University Campus to deliver additional development on Campus)
Promoted Capacity: Not specified
Green Belt/Urban: Green Belt

The background to the latest call for sites


WHBC's head of planning, Colin Haigh, has set out the background to this latest development:
“The Draft Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for examination in May 2017. The independent Inspector, Melvyn Middleton was appointed to examine the plan. He has already held a number of hearing sessions and has asked the council to investigate if there is any scope for additional housing sites to be identified as the Draft Plan does not meet the objectively assessed need for housing.”
The council carried out a Call for Sites in January and February 2019. More than 140 sites were promoted for housing, employment, mixed use or other forms of development.

According to Colin Haigh the best way to comment on the promoted sites is online via the consultation portal. A user guide is available on the council website.

Once on the portal those wanting to comment can view and download documents, follow the links to the sites promoted in the towns, villages and rural areas within the borough and comment online:

Alternatively, you can complete and return a response form by email to localplan@welhat.gov.uk or by post to: Planning Policy, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6AE.

Please make sure you use a separate form for each site you wish to make comments on and ensure your comments are submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 18 June 2019. Late comments will not be accepted.

Copies of the consultation document and response forms are also available at the following locations during normal advertised opening hours.

The council offices: The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6AE. (Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.15pm; Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm.

Libraries: in Brookmans Park, Cuffley, Hatfield, Welwyn and Welwyn Garden City (Campus West and Woodhall).

Parish and town council offices: Hatfield Town Council, Northaw and Cuffley Parish Council, North Mymms Parish Council, Welwyn Parish Council and Woolmer Green Parish Council.

Note: The information for this article is taken from the text of the head of planning's email and the images are taken from the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council planning portal. 





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