Lists of planning applications - Welwyn Hatfield Council website
now contains lists of each week's planning applications. We now list only those
Welwyn Hatfield District Plan review – earlier this year we discovered that the owners, of proposed developers, of three areas of land adjacent to Welham Green are trying to have their land taken out of the Green Belt and used for housing. They are 52 acres at Marshmoor (between the railway and A1000 northwards from Dixons Hill Road up to the junction of the A1000 and a1001 South Way), Skimpans Farm meadows (10 acres between the railway and Station Rd, south of Bulls Lane, owned by the Crawford Trust - NOT the owners of Skimpans Farmhouse, Bulls Lane), and 2.2 acres at the end of Welham Manor, off Dixons Hill Road). If these three sites are allowed for housing they could increase Welham Green by 700+ dwellings, from about 1,400 to 2,100+. This 50% increase would destroy the village concept of Welham Green.
alert local residents, we have held two public meetings at the North Mymms
Youth and Community Centre on 19 May and 30 June, attended by about 200 and 120
respectively. We also circulated two
Newsletters, the first to 1,600 addresses in Welham Green and the second to
about 3,000 addresses in
Cllr Perkins has written to thank everyone for their support of the Council’s position – the Council does not see any need to take any land out of the Green Belt for housing before 2011 which is the end period for the proposed update to the District Plan. She conformed that our letter and the petition have been brought to the attention of the Inspector conducting the Public Inquiry, and we will be advised of his response.
Thank you everyone for your support.
Folly Arch – Good news – the work has been completed. Cracks first appeared in the Arch in late 1998 and supports were put in place to ensure that it did not collapse. In late 1999 remedial work was scheduled to start but a week beforehand the cracks widened. We, the Parish Council and District Council have been campaigning ever since for the work to be done, which is part grant funded by English Heritage. Work finally began in March 2003. The owners had claimed that the cedar tree in front of the Arch contributed to the destabilising of the Arch causing the cracking. It is on Herts CC Highways land. The cost of £112,000 was part financed by an 88% grant from English Heritage
Fly tipping and litter - In December 2002 we wrote to
Welwyn Hatfield Council offering to buy a spy-camera which would be sited at
fly-tipping blackspots in the area. In April we learned that the Council has
spent £1500 to buy its own camera which will be deployed for 30 days in each
spot and operated by remote control. Signs will be erected to warn people that
filming is happening in the area. Likely spots include Bradmore Green,
In our Annual Newsletter issued in February 2003 we asked people to notify us by 30 April which places they considered to be the worst blackspots in the area. We will collate the information and advise WHDC of any not already earmarked by them.
We also intend to arrange a litter collection at the worst spots and will donate money to the Scouts if they will assist us. We are grateful to one of our members who has donated a further £50 for us to pass on to the Scouts for their help. Many thanks.
Land off Coopers Lane, Potters Bar, backing onto Northlands, is in the Green Belt. It has been acquired by a company that is now selling off small plots. Their hope is that permission might be granted sometime, for a change to residential use. Welwyn Hatfield Council have told the Northlands Residents Assoc that permission is unlikely. The Daily Mail featured this situation in an article on 14 Feb. Through this website we were contacted by the Daily Mail and put them in touch with the Northlands Residents Assoc. Click here for the latest London Green Belt Council 'Notes' for a possible answer to this national problem.
Our AGM - about 100 people attended our AGM on 24 March. We were sorry to lose (alphabetical order) Sally Banks, Brenda Marcus and Bill Storey from our committee for various reasons. Draft minutes will be put on this site very soon.
Planning Applications we have objected to in 2003 –
Folly Arch – we wrote to English Heritage expressing our concern that no work appeared to have been done to stabilise the towers. EH have replied to say that such work has been done, but it was not obvious. See above
Land at rear 2,2a and 4 Dellsome Lane, Welham Green – erect bungalow – we objected as out of character and cramped. WHDC have refused permission. A revised planning application has been submitted in January 2004. Refused 27.2.04 – cramped and bus stop cannot be moved.
Car wash at Rookery Café,
Land at rear 54/56 Holloways Lane, Welham Green – erect two semi-detached houses, one of 2 beds and one of 3 beds – we consider the proposal would be too cramped. Revised plans have been submitted in December 2003 for two 2-bed semis. Plans approved by WHDC in Feb 2004
Land at rear 39& 39a
1757/2002 - land next to 45 Bullens Green Lane, Colney Heath - permission sought to erect a house on this Green Belt land. Permission has been refused by the Council
1766-2002 - land at rear 148a
1780/2002 - White Lodge Farm,
120/2003 - land at junction of
686/2002 - land at rear 20 Booths Close, Welham Green - erect
a dwelling - refused by the Council and an appeal has been lodged. we have
re-affirmed our objections to this backland development. Update
150/2003 - Univ of Herts, Angerland Common,
- RVC - additional facilities (outline appl) - the RVC has given us full details of why they need
to expand and move their Major Developed Site boundary mainly towards the
northwest. We accept their very special circumstances and have commented on the
need for WHDC and the Highways Authority to deal with the existing and future
traffic problems on
- Queenswood school - swimming pool building - it is outside the existing
- Marshmoor Bungalow,
859/2003 – Rose Cottage,
916/2003 - Bell Bar Farm,
Traffic Commissioner's notice - application for Goods vehicle operator's licence - P Brennan, Lindon Lodge, Bull Lane, Bell Bar - operating centre for 4 goods vehicles and nil trailers. We have objected strongly to this change of use of GB land, copying to WHDC because of the planning aspect. We also said that the lane is too rural for this type of traffic, and that the property backs onto four houses in Foxes Lane, disturbing the quiet enjoyment of the residents. It is out of keeping with the rural nature of the area. The applicant has been refused permission
Marshmoor Lane, The Willows - people are still living on this site so we have contacted WHDC again.
Air Transport expansion in SE England consultation paper - the new version includes Gatwick airport. We have repeated our previous comments.
Welwyn Hatfield District Plan review - We attended the Public Inquiry on several days because of objections that appear to involve the Green Belt in our area i.e. Skimpans Farm south of Bulls Lane, Welham Green, and Marshmoor, off Dixons Hill Road, Welham Green. See minutes of our committee meeting on 14 April 2003. and 12 May
We have commented on the draft master plan for Queenswood School. We have also attended a public meeting held by the Royal Vet College at which they explained the background and proposals contained in their own draft master plan covering the next 20 years. See above for our views on the RVC draft masterplan.
We attended the Public Inquiry at Campus West, WGC on 7 and 20 May, and will attend on 24/25 June when Green belt issues will be dealt with. This Inquiry goes on until the end of July 2003 and the Inspector will report to Welwyn Hatfield Council by February 2004 when he will advise which proposed changes should be included in the final version of the District Plan.
Welham Green public meeting 19 May 2003 - As part of the updating of the District Plan, proposals have been made for three areas of land to be taken out of the Green belt and used for housing. They are 52 acres at Marshmoor (between the railway and A1000 northwards from Dixons Hill Road up to the junction of the A1000 and a1001 South Way), Skimpans Farm meadows (10 acres between the railway and Station Rd, south of Bulls Lane, owned by the Crawford Trust - NOT the owners of Skimpams Farmhouse, Bulls Lane), and 2.2 acres at the end of Welham Manor, off Dixons Hill Road). If these three sites are allowed for housing they could increase Welham Green by 700+ dwellings, from about 1,400 to 2,100+. This 50% increase would destroy the village concept of Welham Green.
We distributed a special Newsletter in Welham Green telling everyone about these proposals and a public meeting we were holding on 19 May, and inviting people to complete and return a form opposing these proposals.
About 185 people attended the meeting and passed a resolution which we have passed on to Welwyn Hatfield Council. As at 2 June we have had over 330 forms completed and returned to us, supporting our action. This is a 20% response, which indicates the strength of feelings in Welham Green. We are holding an extra committee meeting on 2 June to agree our next actions. Our thanks to Maggie's Cafe (now Cafe Redmond), Dellsome Lane, for acting as a collection point for the return of forms. It was used to return 170 of the 330+ forms, proving the value of a central collection point.