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Our Local Plan has now been submitted for examination. Hearing sessions can be viewed online here.

Latest News and Updates

5 November

Land Use Consultants have issued an errata notice to cover some typographical errors in their harm rating assessment for Parcels P17a and P59/59a in their recently produced Green Belt Review.    The errata notice can be viewed in the Examination Documents at EX94. 

29 October

The Council have submitted a paper in response to the Inspector's Questions and Issues for the Stage 5 Hearing Sessions on the Green Belt Review.   This can also be viewed in the Examination Documents at EX93.

24 October 2018

The Head of Planning has written to the Inspector concerning the next steps in the examination of the Local Plan.  This letter (EX91A) and the Inspector's reply (EX91B) can both be viewed in the Examination Documents

The Inspector has published his Issues and Questions to be discussed at the Green Belt review sessions on 6/7 November and these can be viewed on the Stage 5 Hearing Sessions page, together with the Draft Participants list for these hearings.

21 September 2018

The responses to the consultation on the Green Belt Review are now available to view online Representations on the Green Belt Review Stage 3.  There is also a link to the responses on the Stage 5 Hearing Sessions page.

24 August 2018

The Council has submitted the Green Belt Study Stage 3 (EX88), prepared by consultants LUC, which can be viewed in the Examination Documents.

An accompanying note has also been published by the Council.

22 June 2018

The Council  have submitted a feasibility  study prepared by Arcadis on the Panshanger Airfield Grass Runway Strip (EX83) which can be viewed in the Examination Documents

11 June 2018

 An OAN technical report has been submitted (EX82) by WHBC which responds to the inspector's observations through the Stage 2 hearings and Tasks 1 and 2 (EX66) arising out of those hearings.  The report can be viewed in the Examination Documents .

5 June 2018

A post Stage 3 hearing session round-up note has been published (EX79) and also a note for the sections of the missing or difficult to hear recording of the Stage 3 hearing session on Thursday 22 February. These documents can also be viewed in the Examination Documents.

5 June 2018

Hearing statements for the Stage 4 hearing sessions have been uploaded and can be accessed on the Stage 4 Hearing Sessions page.

7 May 2018 

The Inspector's Issues and Questions for Stage 4 (EX72) of the hearing sessions, his Guidance Notes (EX73) and Draft Timetable V7 (EX74) can now be viewed on the Stage 4 Hearing Sessions page.  These documents can also be viewed in the Examination Documents.

16 April 2018

Save Symondshyde have submitted a supplementary report on sink holes in and around the proposed Symondshyde site. The report and associated documents can be viewed in the Examination Documents at reference  EX71. 

11 April 2018

The Council have written to the Inspector with an update on the programme of work including a note on the scope of work of the Green Belt Review.  This can be viewed in the Examination Documents at EX67.

The Council have submitted three documents in response to the tasks set out in their letter to the Inspector dated 27 February (EX66). These can be viewed in the Examination Documents as follows:

EX68 Task 4  Migration relationships with East Hertfordshire

EX69  Task 5  DLPPS Deliverability & Density Assumptions

EX70 Task 8   Review of contamination evidence at Birchall Garden Suburb

11 April 2018

Appendices 1-9 of document EX59 have all been uploaded and can be viewed in the Examination Documents.

6 March 2018

The Stage 4 hearing sessions are scheduled to take place during weeks commencing 18 and 25 June.  Details of the programme and the Inspector's matters and issues for these hearing sessions will be available after Easter.  

1 March 2018

The Council have written to the Inspector to set out the programme of additional work that will be carried out following the Stage 1 and Stage 2 hearing sessions.   

'Letter from WHBC to the Inspector setting out programme of additional work' can be viewed in the Examination Documents at EX66.

9 February 2018

The pdf icon Annual Monitoring Report 2016-2017 [8MB] has now been added to the Examination Library (evidence base) at IMP/2 under Implementation and Monitoring.

7 February 2018

The running order of the matters at the Stage 3 hearing session on 20 February has been amended and can be viewed in the Examination Documents or under the Stage 3 Hearing Sessions

22 January 2018

In advance of the Joint Hearing Session with East Herts on 30 January, pre hearing main modifications to the relevant policy have been published and can be viewed in the Examination Documents.

15 January 2018

Hearing statements for the Joint Session on Birchall Garden Suburb have been uploaded and can be accessed on the Joint Session - Birchall Garden Suburb  page.

15 December 2017

Documents relating to the joint hearing session for Birchall Garden Suburb and for the Stage 3 hearing sessions have been added to the Examination Documents at EX40 to EX45.

Following stages 1 and 2 of the hearing sessions, the Inspector has issued a note 'Green Belt review' which can be viewed  in the Examination Documents at EX39.

13 December 2017

The Inspectors  for the EiP's of the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan and the East Hertfordshire District Plan have confirmed that the joint hearing session for Birchall Garden Suburb will be held in the Welwyn Hatfield Council Chamber, on Tuesday 30 January, 2018, starting at 9.30 am.  

The  Programme Officer will be sending out the Inspectors' matters and issues for discussion and the hearing sessions programme in the next few days to all those who responded to the consultations on the pre submission draft of either of the individual plans.  

12 December 2017

A corrected map from the Council for the Strategic Green Belt Parcels scoring has been added to the Examination Documents at EX38.

8 December 2017

A Table of Suitable and Available Sites from Aurora Properties has been added to the Examination Documents at EX33.

A note on Salisbury Line provided by Gascoyne Cecil Estate has been added to the Examination Documents at EX32.

1 December 2017

A Statement of Common Ground between Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Historic England has recently been agreed and has been added to the Examination Documents at EX31.

20 November 2017

A Statement of Common Ground between Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, East Hertfordshire District Council and Historic England relating to Birchall Garden Suburb has recently been agreed and has been added to the Examination Documents at EX30.

22 October 2017

A Statement of Common Ground between Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council and the Gascoyne Cecil Estate concerning secondary school provision has been submitted and is available to view in Examination Documents at EX23.

19 October 2017

The participants lists for Stage 2 of the hearing sessions are now available on the Stage 2 Hearing Sessions page. 

28 September 2017

The programme for stage 2 of the hearing sessions and the Inspector's Agenda are now available on the Stage 1 Hearing Sessions page. 

20 September 2017

A new page has been created - a Schedule of Rolling Changes to the Local Plan. This will be updated as a 'living document' as the examination hearing sessions progress.

13 September 2017

All hearing statements for Stage 1 of the hearing sessions have been uploaded and can be accessed by either clicking on the Hearing sessions tab or by clicking the link below:-

Stage 1 Hearing Sessions   Stage 1 Hearing Statements

11 September 2017

The Council has responded to the Inspector's preliminary questions on Matter 3 (EX09)

pdf icon EX14 - WHBC Response to EX09 [6MB]

The deadline for receipt of hearing statements for Stage 1 of the hearing sessions was  Friday 8 September and all hearing statements received by the deadline will be uploaded as soon as possible. 

21 August 2017

The Council has responded to the Inspector's preliminary questions on Housing and Job Provision and has provided an additional statement on Duty to Co-operate (forming an addendum to document DTC/3 in the examination library).

pdf icon EX11 - WHBC Response to EX03 Housing and Job Provision [6MB]

pdf icon DTC/3a / EX12 Duty to Cooperate Additional Statement August 2017 [404KB]

A Memorandum of Understanding has also been agreed between Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council and Highways England. This document is posted in examination documents (EX13) and also in the examination library (DTC/10).

pdf icon DTC/10 / EX13 WHBC HCC Highways England MoU [5MB]

pdf icon DTC/10a / EX13a WHBC HCC Highways England MoU Appendix A WHaSH MoU [1MB]

pdf icon DTC/10b / EX13b WHBC HCC Highways England MoU Appendix B Highways England Local Plan Response [162KB]

14 August 2017

The dates for the first two stages of the hearing sessions of the EiP of the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan have now been fixed and the Inspector's Issues and Questions for Stage 1 of the hearing sessions are now available, together with his Guidance Notes and a draft Hearing Sessions Programme.

pdf icon EX06 - Inspector's Issues and Questions for Stage 1 of the hearing sessions [48KB]

pdf icon EX07 - Inspector's Guidance Notes [165KB]

pdf icon EX08 - Draft Hearing Sessions Programme V1 [40KB]

The Inspector has also issued preliminary questions to the Council on the Overarching Strategy, with a deadline for replies of Friday 15 September.

pdf icon EX09 - Inspector's preliminary questions on the Council's Overarching Strategy [60KB]

The Inspector has also issued the agenda for the Legal Soundness and Duty to Co-operate hearing session taking place on Thursday 21 September (and if required, Friday 22 September).

pdf icon EX10 - Agenda for Legal Soundness and Duty to Co-operate Hearing Session 21st September (and 22nd September if required) [28KB]

7 August 2017

The Council has responded to the Inspector's preliminary questions on Duty to Co-operate.

pdf icon EX04 - WHBC response to EX02 Duty to Cooperate (Part 1 Main Response and MOUs) [5MB]

pdf icon EX04 - WHBC response to EX02 Duty to Cooperate (Part 2 Evidence for Q1-11) [12MB]

pdf icon EX04 - WHBC response to EX02 Duty to Cooperate (Part 3 Evidence for Q16-22) [10MB]

pdf icon EX04 - WHBC response to EX02 Duty to Cooperate (Part 4 Evidence for other matters Q1-7) [9MB]

4 August 2017

The Inspector has issued preliminary questions to the Council on Housing and Job Provision with a deadline for replies of Friday 18 August. 

pdf icon EX 03 Inspector's questions housing and jobs [105KB]

11 July 2017

The Inspector has issued preliminary questions to the Council on the Duty to Co-operate with a deadline for replies of Friday 4 August.

pdf icon EX 02 Inspector's preliminary questions to the Council on Duty to Co-operate [49KB]

24 June 2017

No dates have yet been fixed for the hearing sessions, but they will not be taking place before the middle of September at the earliest.   As soon as the dates and programme for the hearing sessions are available, details will be posted on the examination pages of the website and will also be sent  to everyone who responded to the pre-submission consultation of the Draft  Local Plan.   

 

Contact

Louise St John Howe
Programme Officer, 
PO Services
PO Box 10965,
Sudbury,
Suffolk
CO10 3BF.

louise@poservices.co.uk

Tel:  07789-486419

 

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