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

Local Plan

The Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan will be the blueprint for future growth in the borough.

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The Local Plan will shape the future of development in our towns and villages between now and 2032 - new homes, new jobs and business premises, open spaces and community facilities for people to use and infrastructure such as roads, schools and healthcare.  It is about supporting the growth of Welwyn Hatfield and a vibrant local economy.

Following various rounds of consultation the council has now submitted the Local Plan for examination.  The table below sets out the stages involved in its preparation and further details on these including the examination can be found by clicking on the links.

Local Plan stages of preparation

The timetable below sets out the stages involved in the preparation of the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan.



Preparation of the evidence base

2005 and ongoing

Pre-Issues and Options consultation

2006 to March 2009

Issues and Options consultation

4 March to 11 May 2009

'How Many New Homes?' consultation

6 June to 18 July 2011

Emerging Core Strategy consultation

12 November 2012 to 31 January 2013

Local Plan public consultation

23 January to 20 March 2015

Proposed submission public consultation

30 August to 24 October 2016

Submission for examination

15 May 2017

Examination in public by independent Inspector             

Autumn 2017- Autumn 2018

Receipt of Inspector's report and Plan to be formally adopted



News and updates

Keep an eye on our Recent press releases for updates. Our latest Local Plan newsletter is now available pdf icon Local Plan News Issue 14 May 2018 [760KB]

Previous issues of the newsletter are also available to view here:

pdf icon Local Plan News Issue 13 September 2017 [429KB]

pdf icon Local Plan News Issue 12 June 2017 [468KB]

pdf icon Local Plan Newsletter 11 August consultation special [538KB]

pdf icon Local Plan News Issue 10 July 2016 [757KB]

pdf icon Local Plan News Issue 9 March 2016 [684KB]

pdf icon Local Plan News Issue 8 October 2015 [636KB]

pdf icon Local Plan News Issue 7 July 2015 [784KB]

pdf icon Local Plan News Issue 6 January 2015 [743KB]

If you would like to be involved in the Local Plan as it progresses, please join the consultation database. You can also email your details to planningpolicy@welhat.gov.uk or telephone 01707  357532.


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