Welwyn Hatfield Borough Coucil's Local Plan for future housing:

The 2019 consulation on future possible sites in the area has been published.

Details can be seen at the Council's site: HERE

The Welwyn Hatfield Council have called for landowners to submit land to be considered for inclution in the draft Local Plan.
Their consultaion with residents about these sites finished on 18th June 2019.

The Digswell Residents Association have a carried out a survey of all households in Digswell about the five sites surrounding the village and have drawn up a summary of views from the responses recieved  This summary has been sent to the Welwyn Hatfield Coucil. You can download a copy: DRA Sites Survey

Maps of the Digswell sites - promoted by landownwers to be included in the future Local Plan - can be viewed :Digswell Sites

Welwyn Hatfield Coucil's 'Local Plan' Newsletter is here: Local Plan Newsletter May 2019

Welwyn Hatfield Coucil's letter about the consultation over the proposad sites is here: WHBC Letter

 



 


 

 

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Report to the 2018 AGM

The new ‘Local Plan’ - News from the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council:

“Examination of the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan has continued.

Stage 4 hearing sessions took place the week commencing 25 June 2018. These focused on policies and proposals relating to Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield including housing allocations.

What happens next?

Stage 5 hearing sessions were scheduled to take place in the Council Chamber at the council offices on Tuesday 6 November. These hearing sessions are to examine the Green Belt Study Stage 3 but will not include discussion of individual site allocations. Additional hearing sessions for site allocations will be arranged later in the examination. Further details relating to the hearing sessions will be published here when available.

The week commencing 10 December 2018 has been set aside for the Stage 6 hearing sessions. Confirmation of the dates and programme will be announced following the Stage 5 hearing sessions.”
More information about the progress of the Local Plan can be found on the Council’s web site.

 

Local planning applications.

We try and keep up to date on local planning applications that may cause concern. These are discussed at the bi-monthly DRA meeting. The information has to be downloaded from the ‘weekly list’ of planning applications on the Welwyn Hatfield Council web site. We try to advise the planning authority if we have an opinions on any applications.

We continue to monitoring the ‘creep’ of developments on New Road where single dwelling are being turned into flats. This is contrary to the guidelines in the ‘Digswell Character Appraisal’ – developed by the WelHat Council in 2004 – which clearly states that the property in this part of Digswell should be single dwellings. The development of 54 New road – The Red House, continues with further consent being given for extra flats.

It appears that Welwyn Hatfield Council are under considerable pressure to give consent to applications for more housing, even when it contravenes the local guidelines.

Offers of help with this work of monitoring planning would be welcome.

Peter Holt
DRA Planning Co-ordinator
admin@digswellra.org.uk

 

The new ‘Local Plan’

The Local Plan is in progress and the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council have developed it to provide for over 12,00 new homes within their area. This plan is subject to final independent inspection by a government planning inspector. Hearings have been taking place during September and October and into November. The Local Plan News for is posted on the DRA web site.

Local planning applications.

We try and keep up to date on local planning applications that may cause concern. These are discussed at the bi-monthly DRA meeting. The information has to be downloaded from the ‘weekly list’ of planning applications on the WelHat Coucil web site. We try to advise the planning authority if we have an opinions on any applications.

This year we have been monitoring the ‘creep’ of developments on New Road where single dwelling are being turned into flats. This is contrary to the guidelines in the ‘Digswell Character Appraisal’ – developed by the WelHat Coucil in 2004 – which clearly states that the property in this part of Digswell should be single dwellings. The latest to receive such planning permission for this change is 54 New road – The Red House.

We have to acknowledge that there is a presumption for planning applications to succeed and objections by neighbours will only be relevant if they refer to any limitations in the National Planning Framework or local plan, that might conflict with the planning application details. Opinions on design and perceived impact on the community or local infrastructure do not seem to count.

If the new ‘Local Plan’ is to go ahead then the originally proposed areas for housing adjacent to Digswell will not go ahead. We await the outcome of the Planning Inspectors conclusions.

Offers of help with this work of monitoring planning would be welcome.

 

The Welwyn Hatdfield Coucil weekly list of Planning applications can be seen HERE

Peter Holt
DRA Planning Co-ordinator
admin@digswellra.org.uk

 

 

Planning Report to November 2016.

The new ‘Local Plan’

The main focus this year has been on the development of the Local Plan by the Welwyn Hatfield Council and their public consolation. The local survey carried out by the DRA on the proposals for areas to the east and south of the village to be included as potential sites for future housing resulted in resounding voice from the local residents not to have these parcels of land included. The draft local plan has not included these areas, so we are hopeful that is the end of those ideas.

Local planning applications.

We try and keep up to date on local planning applications and notify members of any that may cause concern. The previous automatic online system we used for this is not now working and we are seeking a better way forward on this. The Council’s own ‘Alert’ system is still not working. There is a weekly list published on the Council’s web site.

Coal yard.
Although planning permission was given for this development to a car park, nothing has happened yet. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Offers of help with this work of monitoring planning would be welcome.

Peter Holt
DRA Planning Co-ordinator

...........................................................................................................................................................................................................

We try to monitor the regular planning appliucations as posted on the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Coucil web site. Our report the the annual meeting in November 2015 follows-

The Village of Digswell is surrounded by green belt land and consequently there is limited scope for landowners to develop additional housing.

We have seen householders continue to add space by way of extensions and in the case of 40 New Road obtain permission to replace the bungalow for a building that will contain 5 apartments.

Local Plan
The main focus of the Welwyn Hatfield Council has been on the development of their new Local Plan.

At last years’ DRA AGM we showed the proposals for the inclusion of 2 parcels of land (DIG1 & DIG4) into the future planned housing areas of the Local Plan. In order to give feedback to the Council we conducted a full village-wide survey. The survey can out strongly against these land areas being included into the Local Plan, not least because they are both in Green belt areas. Of the 188 responses we received 181 were against their inclusion and 5 in favour.

We understand that the Council’s view is that these 2 sites are unlikely to be included in the final Local Plan.

Just recently we have notified members of another piece of land (DIG5) being put forward for inclusion in the Local Plan. This information we put out to members in October 2015, and we have been asked to contribute to the Welwyn Parish Council’s consideration of the proposal later in November 2015.
Members were invited to contribute their views to us or at the Welwyn Hatfield Council viewing of plans on 11th November.

Regular Planning Applications.

We have kept up a regular notification service to members of planning applications during the year. This requires us to monitor the weekly lists of applications and forward to members information about applications that would be of interest.

Amount these have been the plan from Network Rail to convert the Old Coal yard to a car park. A great deal of work was done by our Co-ordinator Don Gentry, on the feasibility problems of this plan and an extensive report was submitted to the planning officer handling the case. This was ignored and permission granted without taking into account any of the concerns expressed in the DRA report. A most unsatisfactory situation.

Also plans to convert the Station to an Indian takeaway came and went.

Peter Holt. DRA Planning Co-ordinator
admin@digswellra.org.uk.