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Re: Housing, planning, and development in North Mymms
« Reply #1530 on: October 22, 2016, 08:03:10 pm »
Anyone who has not yet responded on the local plan needs to do so by 5pm Monday. You can email localplan@welhat.gov.uk

If you wish to object to site HS22 (previously BrP4), (which is the site just the otherside of the railway bridge, where 250 dwellings are proposed) there are some points below that you might want to include. Please feel free to copy and paste - but I strongy recomend you amend to use your own words where possible, adding and removing points and changing the priority to reflect your own thoughts.  The council are not very positive about multiple identical responses.

Many thanks to the North Mymms Parish Green Belt Society for most of the points below.  The points in blue are in addition to the their list:

Response to Local Plan Policy SADM31
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Your address:
I am writing to object to the inclusion of HS22 in the Local Plan.The Council previously excluded the site (then BrP4) for the following reason:
  • It makes a significant contribution to the Green Belt purpose of protecting the countryside and has a low capacity to accommodate landscape change.
  • The existing Green Belt boundary is strongly defined by the railway and development of the site would result in a weaker Green Belt boundary.
  • Access to the village would be via a bridge over the railway and there is currently uncertainty about the viability of achieving suitable pedestrian access between site and village
These reasons have not changed, so it is very surprising that the site is now included in  the plan.

This site should be excluded, and development should never be allowed on the site for the following additional reasons:
Imapct on local areas:
  • It is detached from Brookmans Park village by the railway
  • Creation of new access and traffic measures would change nature of road from rural to semi-urban
  • It requires significant highways upgrades and would require footpath improvements along the length of the site
  • Significant highway safety concerns Bradmore Lane and Warrengate Road are inadequate width to serve a development of this size. Used by pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. There are no footpaths
  • Access to the village would be significantly impacted during development, with detrimental impact on local businesses and residents
  • Heavy vehicles accessing the development site would be forced to come through Brookmans Park village (over the railway bridge), through Welham Green (via Station Road) and/or through Water End (via the very narrow Bradmore Lane).  All these access points would cause severe congestion, danger to local road users and significant impact on residents.
  • Such a large and dense estate (250 houses) on the edge of the village would change the overall rural feel of the village.
Pollution and flooding:
  • Landscape is assessed as having high sensitivity and low capacity to accommodate change
  • There is no current infrastructure, including flood water management, to support the number of new dwellings proposed.
  • Increased flood risk to Water End
  • The site is within an inner ground source protection zone with effect on Swallow Holes SSS1
  • Mitigation may be necessary to minimise any risk of pollution
  • High density development next to flood plain - Flood Zone 3 along southern boundary
Green Belt Impact
  • Assessed by WHBC as having a high degree of visual openness
  • The Green Belt boundary would be significantly weakened
  • Assessed by WHBC as Significant for Green Belt local purposes to prevent coalescence between settlements (the site makes a significant contribution towards the gap between Brookmans Park and Welham Green)
  • Encroachment Assessed by WHBC as Significant for Green Belt National purpose
Impact on Wildlife Sites and important rural/conservation areas:
  • Adjacent to Wildlife Site (WS144) part of which is an Ancient Woodland
  • Within 250m of Potterells Wood Wildlife site (WS145)
  • Lies within 10km of a Special Area of Conservation
  • It is part of the Watling Chase Community Forest that was set up to regenerate the countryside in and around urban areas
  • The land is in agricultural use and should be kept as such
 
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Re: Housing, planning, and development in North Mymms
« Reply #1531 on: October 23, 2016, 09:05:28 am »
Anyone who has not yet responded on the local plan needs to do so by 5pm Monday. You can email localplan@welhat.gov.uk

As Aqila has reminded us, there is still time to respond to the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Local Plan proposals. I have to admit that I left it late, sending an email this morning. It's the last chance for local residents to have their say on plans to develop the area - whether you are in favour or against - so don't miss the opportunity, unless, of course, you don't have a view.

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« Reply #1532 on: October 23, 2016, 08:44:15 pm »
Anyone who has not yet responded on the local plan needs to do so by 5pm Monday. You can email localplan@welhat.gov.uk

As well as responding on individual sites please consider responding to the draft Infrastructure Development Plan (IDP).  This is frightening in its inadquacy - over 240million has been estimated to supply the infrastructure needed to support the 12,100 additional dwellings in the area.  Sources for this money are not clear and are based on trust!!!  Without a viable infrastructure plan the Local Plan itself is not viable.

The document is 155 pages long - too long for most people to read and assess adequately.  If you have time read the section on the area that concerns you most (e.g. Health, Transport etc)  http://consult.welhat.gov.uk/portal/planning_policy/local_plan_proposed_submission_august_2016/lpss_idp?pointId=4102104

I have sent a response, and I attach a word version.  Please feel free to use parts of this, but it is better not to send identical letters.

You have till 5pm Monday.
 
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Re: Housing, planning, and development in North Mymms
« Reply #1533 on: October 24, 2016, 07:24:39 am »
As well as responding on individual sites please consider responding to the draft Infrastructure Development Plan (IDP).  This is frightening in its inadquacy - over 240million has been estimated to supply the infrastructure needed to support the 12,100 additional dwellings in the area.  Sources for this money are not clear and are based on trust!!!  Without a viable infrastructure plan the Local Plan itself is not viable.

Interesting read. That total is 110 million less than the 350 million a week that the Brexit leave group lied would be provided, nationally, for the NHS alone.

I notice in your letter that you say the health provision set aside for Welwyn Hatfield in the IDP is 40.64m. I had a quick read through and couldn't find that figure, but I am guessing you have extrapolated it from all the other figures in there. Would that figure be a one-off or an annual amount? Can you point to the page where you arrived at that number, please?

Having had to attend a couple of hospital appointments at The Lister over recent months I can't see how this is going to help the NHS cope with caring for any more people in the area with cancellations and five hour waiting not unusual. On health grounds alone that figure seems inadequate.

I'll read through the health part again and, once I get your clarification, I'll bash off an email before the deadline. Thanks again for raising this. I've embedded the document you linked to below.

David

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« Reply #1534 on: October 24, 2016, 08:06:58 am »
Hi David

See summary of costs in Appendix 1.  40.6m is correct.

 
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« Reply #1535 on: October 24, 2016, 08:35:07 am »
Hi David
See summary of costs in Appendix 1.  40.6m is correct.

Thanks, I have made a screen grab of the relevant section (about health cost estimates) and have attached it below. I have also embedded the relevant part of the IDP (Appendix 1) about costs to help anyone else who is interested find it.

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« Reply #1536 on: January 05, 2017, 03:33:33 pm »
Good afternoon


The next Council planning meeting takes place on Thursday 12 January at 7.30 at the Main Council offices in Welwyn Garden City


The Council will review the Local plan annual monitoring document. A brief summary is attached .


The full document is on the main Council website
 

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Re: Housing, planning, and development in North Mymms
« Reply #1537 on: February 02, 2017, 08:29:38 am »
From The Guardian today...

Rush to build new homes will increase flooding, experts warn
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Plans for one million new homes by 2020 risk overwhelming drains, unless the government ends freeze on legal requirements for sustainable drainage

Rush to build new homes will increase flooding, experts warn
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« Reply #1538 on: February 02, 2017, 05:06:46 pm »
The next meeting of the Welwyn Hatfield Council CHPP meeting will take place next Thursday at the Council offices at 7.30 pm


The document for discussion  is attached
 

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