Local Plan

Welwyn Hatfield Adopted Local Plan - October 2023

On 25 September 2023, the Council received the Inspector’s Report on the Examination of the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan (2016-2036).

The Inspector’s Report concludes subject to the recommended main modifications, further main modifications and consequential modifications, set out in the Appendix to the Report, the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan (2016-2036) satisfies the requirements of Section 20(5)(a) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and is sound and therefore capable of adoption.

The Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan (2016-2036) was adopted at a meeting of the Council on 12 October 2023.

The Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan now forms part of the statutory Development Plan for the Borough. This means it has full weight (together with the Hertfordshire Minerals Local Plan, the Hertfordshire Waste Core Strategy and Development Management Policies, and the Waste Site Allocations development plan documents and any ‘made’ neighbourhood plans for the area) in determining planning applications and development decisions within the Borough. The adopted Local Plan replaces the ‘saved’ policies from the Welwyn Hatfield District Plan 2005.

The adopted Local Plan is available below, together with the accompanying Local Plan Policies Maps, Local Plan Adoption Statement, and Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement.

Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan 2016-2036

Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan 2016-2036 Policies Maps

Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan Adoption Statement

Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement

Sustainability Appraisal Reports

Sustainability Appraisal Report Local Plan Addendum Further Main Modifications (EX303B)

Sustainability Appraisal Report Local Plan Addendum Main Modifications (EX297)

Sustainability Appraisal Report Local Plan Addendum (EX200)

Sustainability Appraisal Report Local Plan 2016 (SUB/3)

Inspectors Report

The Inspectors Report on the Local Plan examination can be viewed below. A hard copy of the report is available at the Council Offices, Campus East, Welwyn Garden City.

Local Plan Inspector's Report

Local Plan Inspector's Report Main Modifications Appendix

All documentation relating to the Local Plan Examination is available to view on the Local Plan Examination web pages.


Further Main Modifications Consultation 2023

Consultation on the Inspector issued schedule of proposed Further Main Modifications to the draft Local Plan closed on 30 July 2023.

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Main Modifications Consultation 2023

The Council consulted on Main Modifications for the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan. The consultation closed on 15 February 2023.

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Our latest Local Plan hearing sessions will be available to view online from our streaming platform.

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Special Council Meeting 27 January

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