Linchpin of WGC 2120 regeneration reaches major milestone
Welwyn Hatfield's ambitious regeneration plans made a giant stride forward with the recent appointment of national house builder Bellway as the preferred residential developer for Campus East Car Park.
The winning bid from Bellway will deliver approximately 290 new homes and form a major part of the council's wider long-term plans to invigorate the garden city.
With an emphasis on preserving and enhancing the garden city character, Bellway will work closely with Welwyn Garden City based architect firm, Saunders, to ensure the designs are in keeping with the architectural surroundings.
Bellway is committed to providing 30% of the development as affordable housing in addition to improved public transport links, creating a new community in the heart of Welwyn Garden City's historic district.
As the chosen developer, Bellway will work to ensure that their scheme is in keeping with sustainability commitments, allowing the council to meet its obligations to work with contractors that demonstrate their climate change credentials. The developer has also pledged to ensure that partners provide jobs to the local community as part of their proposal.
Council leader, Cllr Tony Kingsbury, said:
"Since we first unveiled the WGC 2120 proposals, we have listened to the invaluable feedback from our residents and business owners, and want to thank them for getting involved at what is an exciting time for Welwyn Garden City.
"Campus East Car Park will be the major development of the WGC 2120 regeneration, and it is with great anticipation that we can look forward to an improved town centre, one we can continue to be proud of, and one that is enjoyed by residents, business owners and visitors to our beautiful garden city for the next 100 years and beyond."
Ali Maruf, Managing Director of Bellway North London, said:
"Bellway has been through an incredibly detailed process to reach this stage, so we are naturally very pleased to have reached a resolution with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to secure this land, which forms a significant part of a key regeneration project for the area.
"With a deal agreed for the site, Bellway is already considering the level of detail required for a planning application to be submitted for a development of up to 290 new homes for Welwyn Garden City, to deliver 30 per cent affordable housing and associated infrastructure, to cement our position as the house builder of choice to support the WGC 2120 project for the local community.
"We look forward to working closely with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and the local community as we move forward to deliver new housing to the area."
Bellway will be conducting a variety of community engagement activities later in the year, prior to the submission of a planning application. Residents may see engineers on-site carrying out preliminary site surveys soon.