Council to revise plans for Campus West car park

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council will revise its plans for Campus West car park, in response to feedback from local residents.

Campus West single deck car park

In December, the council shared early concepts for a two-storey structure that would redistribute parking lost from Campus East when redeveloped into new homes.

It is now proposed to reduce the structure from two decks to one, after residents shared concerns about its visual impact.

A single deck would deliver 156 parking spaces at Campus West, which is a reduction of 195 spaces a two decked structure would provide. However, the council will ensure this loss is mitigated by retaining more space elsewhere as part of WGC town centre redevelopment plans.

This is the first phase of wider regeneration proposals to deliver new homes, leisure, retail and community spaces in the heart of WGC. Funded by a £6.1m government grant, the project will transform five plots across the north of the town centre.

Cllr Duncan Bell, Executive Member for Resources, said:

I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to respond last year. We have listened carefully to your feedback and asked that revised proposals go forward for planning.

Car parking is always a challenge because we know how much it matters to residents, businesses and to supporting our local economy. Getting the balance right is essential; something I believe we have now achieved with these proposals, bringing us one step closer to kick-starting an ambitious new phase of redevelopment in WGC.

Residents will be consulted on the planning application when submitted and will be asked to provide their views on the revised proposals.

Read more about Campus West car park and wider WGC town centre redevelopment plans.