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Disused shredded wheat factory plans approved


Members of the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s development management committee have approved plans to transform a disused shredded wheat factory in Welywn Garden City into 1,454 new homes, community facilities, leisure, retail and office space.

The developer has invested £8 million in an infrastructure fund, of which £5.8 million will go towards a new primary school in Peartree. £750K of the fund will contribute towards upgrading a rail bridge to Welwyn Garden City train station.

Grant funding from outside agencies will create 414 affordable homes out of a possible 1,340 (31 per cent of the total development). There will be a mix of affordable rent, social rent and tenures supporting home ownership.

The council's planning officer recommended that planning permission should have been approved subject to satisfactory completion of a supplementary section 106 agreement. 

Jonathan Boulton, chairman of the council's development management committee, said: "This development represents a £500 million investment in our town - the largest in decades. It will ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place such as roads and schools; it will create jobs; boost our economy locally; and deliver much-needed new housing and community facilities.

"Whilst we wanted more certainty around the proposed affordable housing provision, ultimately we must accept the financial realities of developing a complex site. All parties reassured the committee that they remain absolutely committed to securing the funds needed to deliver on their plans for affordable housing, and the council will do everything in its power to see that it happens.”

The planning officer's full report can be viewed here.  

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