LOCAL PLAN UPDATE
The Public Examination of the Local Plan starts on 21 September continuing through the Autumn. Mr Mel Middleton, the Appointed Inspector will test the Council’s draft Plan against legal requirements and consider comments and objections previously submitted. Our Society will be represented at the sessions with the help of our Planning Consultant, Jed Griffiths.
Due to the complexity of the Local Plan and number of representations received the Inspector has organised the hearing sessions into four distinct sessions and full details concerning this are available in his Guidance Notes at paras 19-28. All the hearing sessions will take place in the Council Chamber at the Welwyn Hatfield Council Offices, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City AL6 6AE and will start at 10.00am. Documents relevant to Stage 1 – Legal Soundness and Duty to Co-operate – of the hearing sessions are listed below:
- EX06 Inspector’s Issues and Questions for Stage 1 of the Hearing Sessions click here
- EX07 Inspector’s Guidance Notes click here
- EX08 Draft Hearings programme V1 of the Examination in Public of the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan click here
Stage 2: Overarching Strategy & Associated Polices is scheduled for 24 – 27 October and 1 – 3 November. Details of the issues and questions for the hearing sessions in October and November will be sent out at the end of the first week of September.
Stage 2: Topic Specific Policies and Stage 4: Settlement and Site Allocations – dates to be announced.
This is a crucial stage of the Local Plan process. The Inspector could recommend an increase in the Council’s target of 12,000 houses, if he feels that is insufficient. The latest projections up to 2031, based on 2014 statistics, indicate a housing number requirement of 15,200. Click here to keep in touch with the progress of the Examination and scroll to the tab entitled ‘Latest News and Updates’