LOCAL PLAN EXAMINATION HEARINGS   Stage 2  Overarching Strategy

24 to 27 October 2017  –  10.00 – 18.00

Council Chamber, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Offices, Welwyn Garden City,  AL8 6AE

Please click here to view our Statement in response to questions raised by the Inspector.  Our Planning Consultant, Jed Griffiths, will be speaking on our behalf at these hearings.

Government issue a Planning Consultation white paper

This consultation seeks views on a number of changes to planning policy and legislation.  There are some alarming proposals including:

  • building most houses in the more unaffordable areas
  • capping authorities to no more than a 40% increase to existing plans – a possible 5,000 to 6,000 more homes on top of the 12,000 to 15,000 already in the plan

To read the whole paper click here

We shall be responding to the Consultation before the deadline of 9 November and will post our comments.  Members can respond individually using the response pro-forma included within the Consultation Paper.



Our September Newsletter will be coming through your doors shortly.  Please click here to view it.


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’