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

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

The  Icon for pdf Pre Issues and Options Consultation Statement outlines the consultation which was undertaken.

2006 to March 2009

Core Strategy 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

Land for Housing Outside Urban Areas consultation

12 November 2012 to 18 January 2013

Local Plan Consultation Document January 2015 consultation

23 January to 20 March 2015

Draft Local Plan Proposed Submission Document 2016 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


Take a look at our Local Plan newsletter on One Welwyn Hatfield to keep up-to-date with our progress.

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 or telephone 01707  357532.