Updates on the examination process from 2017.

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)

Icon for pdf EX14 - WHBC Response to EX09

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).

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).


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.

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

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).


7 August 2017

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


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. 


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.


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.