Welwyn Hatfield Council want to build 1,130 houses in the Green Belt next to Symondshyde Great Wood. As well as putting more cars on the unsuitable roads, this plan will destroy an outstanding area of Green Belt which is heavily used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders and which is part of our green heritage.
After we raised awareness, Symondshyde received by far the largest number of objections during the Council’s Local Plan consultation. The plan is now being examined by an independent inspector and several hearings have been held. With the help of expert advice and representation, we have submitted detailed evidence at each stage and the inspector has made very encouraging comments relating to Symondshyde. However, expert representation is expensive, so we are raising funds so that we can continue to be well represented at the hearings.
Local TV wildlife presenter Nigel Marven is also concerned about the development proposed at Symondshyde. He has teamed up with our award winning film maker to produce a short film.
The Odyssey cinema in St Albans have offered to screen our film before their main feature. We are hugely grateful to them all. If you’re not able to see it on the big screen, we’ve reproduced it above.
We’ve made a huge impact over the last couple of years and we simply couldn’t have got this far without the generosity of many supporters. We’re now entering what we hope will be the final stages of this campaign and the signs are very encouraging. But, to continue we need to keep raising funds to pay for expert help at the planning enquiry.
If you’re able to offer some financial support, no matter how small (or large!) we’d be hugely grateful. You can make a one-off or recurring donation using the button above or use one of the other methods on our donations page.
Yes. It’s not too late to stop this happening. This plan will destroy an area of Green Belt for ever, which is supposed to have the highest protection. This is the last opportunity to stop the Symondshyde development and with your help we are hopeful that we can prevent this destruction.
The campaign to oppose this plan to build 1130 houses is being organised by local people working with Wheathampstead Parish Council, Sandridge Parish Council and the CPRE. The intention of this website is to bring together all the necessary information about this proposal and the planning process.