Friday, 21 November 2014

BPRA public meeting on WHBC Local Plan 27th November

The BPRA will be hosting our second information meeting on the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Local Plan on Thursday 27th November 7.00pm at the Brookmans Park United Reformed Church.

We are making a small charge of £1 per head to cover costs (we want to pay the church for the use of their hall), but current paid-up members of the BPRA will have free entry. There will be the opportunity to join the BPRA on the night.

Paul Zukowskyj is our guest speaker and he will give a briefing on the latest draft of the WHBC Local Plan together with a presentation on the current status of the proposed sites in and around Brookmans Park. Other guests expected to join us are Anawar Miah,  and Claire Taylor of North Mymms District Green Belt Society. Our MP Grant Shapps has been invited, but is unable to attend. Councillor John Dean may be able to attend.

WHBC's Local Plan will be published for public consultation in early January 2015. Currently it is expected that they will be committing to build 12,500 new homes across Welwyn Hatfield between 2011 and 2031. 9,000 homes will need to be built on Green Belt, 880 of those on Green Belt in North Mymms villages, over 330 of those in Brookmans Park.

The WHBC Cabinet for Housing and Planning Panel is due to present the draft Local Plan on 11th December, and is due to ratify the Local Plan on 17th December. The last analysis of BP sites is below:

Number of possible dwellings
Planners comment
BrP1- Bell Lane
Finely Balanced
BrP2- North east of the Great North Road


Less Favourable
BrP4- West of Brookmans Park
Finely Balanced
BrP6- Bluebridge Road
Finely Balanced
Brp9- Friday Grove
Less Favourable
BrP10- Raybrook Farm
Less Favourable
BrP12- Peplins Way
Finely Balanced
BrP13- West of Golf Club Road
Less Favourable
BrP14- East of golf Club Road
More Favourable


Monday, 17 November 2014

WHBC Cabinet Housing and Planning Panel meeting 13th November 2014

Members of the BPRA development sub-committee attended this meeting to hear the CHPP's report on Agenda item no 12:

 The Local Plan Update

"The report of the Director (Strategy and Development) informs members of the work which has been undertaken to date on transport impacts of developing the potential growth sites, on policy and site-specific viability and on updating the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) to accompany the Local Plan Consultation document. Pages 63 to 72".

The detail contained in pages 63 - 72 of the Public Information Pack can be seen on this link;

It should be noted that this covers the whole of the Welwyn Hatfield district, not just the villages including Brookmans Park.

From the reports given at the meeting, we understand that a certain amount of 'modelling' has been undertaken - particularly with regard to Highways - but that full modelling cannot be completed and 'signed off' until the end of the Local Plan Consultation, when it will be clear which site(s) residents and 'other interested parties' have chosen for development.

So far:

The Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) for the Core Strategy is currently being updated for the higher housing targets as well as the location and distribution of growth.

Highways have reported that from their modelling to date, it is obvious that a number of roads and junctions across the district will need to be improved.

Education and Health, development of schools and health centres will be relative to quantum development, the work is ongoing and will not be completed until the sites are agreed.

Viability - work on strategic locations cannot be completed until the sites are chosen.

Comments made by councillors:

Stephen Boulton pointed out that all the above would mean going into the public consultation without all the answers on infrastructure.

Another councillor asked what mechanisms WHBC would put into place to ensure that the different departments 'delivered'.

Both of these comments/questions are still to be answered.