KEEP THE G in WGC

The core group of Keep the G, has developed a mission statement to share with you, which

we hope will explain our aims and bring more people along with us on our journey.

"We are a community group focussed on working with residents, developers and the local authority to ensure that new developments offer sustainable and tangible benefits to Welwyn Garden City, and they complement, enhance and reflect Garden City principles, values and heritage”

Biopark Appeal

The Public Inquiry has now concluded. This was an immense piece of work and effort, and a huge learning curve for the KTG team. We represented the community with the help of Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust and had a strong team there for the whole 8 grueling days, ably led by Rose and Malcolm and supported by the Planning consultant that we had retained. The WGC Society also had a team together and attended the whole inquiry next to us. The town was most certainly putting up a fight.

We won’t know what the outcome will be for many weeks or months, but what I can say is that as a community group we were not out argued, we presented a cohesive planning-based case and we will have given the inspector a tough decision to make. The whole KTG team are proud of what was achieved.

Another thankyou from everyone at KTG for your help in raising funds for the Biopark appeal. We were touched by the generosity of the town, and challenging the appeal could not have happened without your kindness.

There is, of course, lots more going on, and we will update you again on other issues shortly.

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BIOPARK APPEAL 

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To fight the appeal using expert advocates, witnesses and advice we need to raise immediate funds.

www.savewgc.org.

WHEAT QUARTER SOUTHSIDE

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This site was originally awarded consent in 2018 for 648 units, as part of the hybrid Shredded Wheat site. The new owner, MTVH, submitted a new application for an additional 291 units. Learn more about this application.

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We support Ebenezer Howard’s vision to welcome everyone building a diverse community, living alongside people from all backgrounds. The design principles were based on living in peace, friendship and the ability to enjoy each other’s company. Residents celebrated art, culture, and a shared love and appreciation of beautiful natural surroundings.

Tree-lined streets and an abundance of green space made it possible for all to enjoy the dream.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS

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Live planning applications

Developers have set their sights on WGC and many seek to build inappropriately high density housing in the second Garden City. Read our information about the sites that Keep the G in WGC has chosen to object to and campaign against.

WHEAT QUARTER NORTH

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The Shredded Wheat North site was originally awarded planning consent to develop 811 units in 2018. In 2021 the developer submitted a new application for an additional 419 units and is in the process of amending that application yet again. Learn more about this application.

BIOPARK

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Ten councillors voted to reject the BioPark proposal, and only three councillors supported the proposal. It is  worth noting that none of the three represent Welwyn Garden City; two are from Hatfield, and the chairman represents Brookmans Park and Little Heath.

DONATE / VOLUNTEER

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We are a small community group and receive no public funding. Everything we have achieved already has been done through donations and volunteering by people like you. Find out how you can get involved and support us in spreading the word.

IN THE PRESS

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Keep the G continues to raise awareness and interest in major new planning applications which are inappropriate for WGC in terms of size, density, design and negative effect on the world’s Second Garden City. Read our comments, relevant articles and objections shared with other groups.

COMMUNITY PROTEST

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Please send us your best photos of the event

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