Our AGM at Brookmans Park United Reformed Church.
See below for details
NM Memorial Hall. Our 22nd Michaelmas Lunch.
Tickets available via our Secretary in September.
Bob Wilson moved away in 2006, and stood down after 24 years as our President.
are delighted that Gary Mabbutt MBE has agreed to be our President. Having been a defender for Spurs and
Treasury Report affects the Green Belt
Kate Barker’s report on ‘Land use planning’ issued in December 2006 recommended a review of Green Belt boundaries and a ‘more positive approach to applications that will enhance the quality of Green Belts’. The report admitted that ‘some individuals and groups will be adversely affected’. The report noted that Green Belts were originally created to provide open space near towns. However, ‘checking urban sprawl’ became the first objective of Green Belts in the government’s own planning guidance.
Planning applications - In 2006 there were182 applications in the parish, compared with 162 in 2005. We objected to or commented on 28 of them (15%), with 17 refused or withdrawn,
7 approved (one with modification) and 4 still to be decided. As these figures show, we do not oppose or comment on the vast majority of planning applications.
In 2006 the council
rejected a further application for a ‘country house’ at Friday Grove,
Read about what is happening by means of:
- www.greenbeltsociety.org.uk , our website which is updated regularly,
- Chancellor's Community Newsletter, and
- this annual Newsletter.
The East of England Regional Assembly gave our contact details to other organisations as an example of how our strong membership and our campaign in 2005 produced a huge response on the draft East of England Plan. Just one example of how our voice is noticed by authorities.
Annual membership costs just £1 a head, so why not enrol each member of your family?
An application form is below. Enrol at our AGM, or mail the form with a cheque/postal order payable to 'North Mymms District Green Belt Society'
NORTH MYMMS DISTRICT GREEN BELT SOCIETY
President – Gary Mabbutt MBE
1. To confirm the Minutes of the Annual
General Meeting held on
2. To deal with matters arising from those Minutes
3. To receive the Chairman's report
4. The presentation of the Accounts for
the year ended
5. To receive the Membership Secretary's report
6. Election of Officers and Committee Members
7. Election of the Honorary Auditor
8. Any other business
Tim Hill will then give an illustrated talk on the work of the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
Tea, coffee, and biscuits will be served afterwards.
You can copy the
text below onto a sheet of paper, fill it in and return it to us by
To The Government Office – East of
For official use only
From (Enter your name and address here)
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE EAST OF
Policy H1 regional housing provision,
Policy SS7 Green Belt
I/we object to the proposed 10,000 new homes in Welwyn Hatfield. The figure should revert back to 5,800 as stated in the original draft East of England Plan (EEP)
The report following the Examination in Public in 2006 gave no justification for the increase to 10,000. The Sustainability Appraisal did not properly assess the impact of this scale of development in Welwyn Hatfield. There is no technical examination to support the deliverability and impact of the proposals. The increase is undemocratic due to the lack of examination, public consultation and scrutiny.
The sudden imposition of housing figures as minimums at this late stage is outrageous and dictatorial.
Welwyn Hatfield does not have the infrastructure to support
this scale of development, and Government funding is exhibiting signs of great
strain. Roads in the borough are already
heavily congested and trains overcrowded.
Welwyn Hatfield Council states that the original figure of 5,800 homes might be accommodated without a significant incursion into the Green Belt. However the increase to 10,000 means that the extra 4,200 homes will have to be built on Green Belt land. The ‘Proposed Changes’ states that Green Belt boundaries will have to be further rolled back to accommodate another 5000 homes. This will result in settlements merging together and a loss of countryside. This extra 9,200 homes, equivalent to the size of Hatfield, will have a huge environmental impact due to the loss of trees, fields and countryside which is so essential to us all in today’s stressful world
The ‘Proposed Changes’ document implies an immediate review of Green Belt boundaries in Welwyn Hatfield, yet it cannot happen until 2010 when the District Plan is next updated. The document does not give specific parameters for the timing and scope of any Green Belt review. It is too vague, leading to confusion.