Planning approval given for Campus West car park

The council's Development Management Committee (DMC) yesterday (Thursday) approved the construction of a single deck on the existing surface-level car park at Campus West, in the first step of wider regeneration plans for Welwyn Garden City town centre.

View of car park

The addition of 156 spaces to the car park will help reduce the impact on town centre parking when Campus East closes for redevelopment into new homes.

The proposals for Campus West include electric car charging points, 30 disabled parking spaces and 21 parent & child bays. To encourage green travel, new cycle racks outside Campus West and next to the car park will also be installed.

The council revised their initial plans for two decks on the car park after taking feedback from residents into consideration.

This project is the first phase of wider WGC 2120 regeneration proposals to bring new homes, leisure, retail and community spaces to the heart of the town. Funded by a £6.1m Homes England grant, the phased project will transform five plots across the north of the town centre.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Tony Kingsbury, said:

This is an important first step in our exciting plans to regenerate the town centre and take Welwyn Garden City into its next 100 years.

Increasing parking capacity at Campus West will ensure local businesses and visitors to the town centre are not impacted during the wider regeneration work. It will also free up the Campus East car park for redevelopment into much-needed high quality homes.

Find more information on the WGC 2120 regeneration project.