Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council have today approved the plans for the iconic Former Shredded Wheat Factory in Welwyn Garden City. The plans for The Wheat Quarter will deliver nearly 1,500 new homes, a wellness centre, employment space, an art hub and a new Civic Building.
John West, development manager said:
“We are delighted that the council have agreed with the community and backed our plans for The Wheat Quarter. After working with the council and community for almost two years on these proposals, we can’t wait to begin building out The Wheat Quarter immediately.
“The plans approved just last night will transform this hugely important site in Welwyn Garden City. We are very keen to get on with delivering both open market and crucially, in partnership with Metropolitan Housing Trust, many more affordable homes for local people.
The proposals for the site were consulted on extensively with the council, local stakeholders and members of the public – hundreds of whom attended a two-day exhibition in the Howard Centre last year. Of those who responded to the question of whether they supported the proposals – 74% said yes.
The development will begin on site immediately and the main elements of the development are due to be completed before the Centenary of Welwyn Garden City in 2020.
“We are looking forward to seeing the delivery of the long talked about upgrade to the railway footbridge and the creation of outstanding, modern and flexible workspaces within the refurbished listed Production Hall building.
“The introduction of national and international art galleries, a museum and world class public art has been strongly welcomed by the public. The decision to celebrate the industrial heritage with proposals to retain the original silos and restore the railway lines as part of a cobbled piazza were a hit and we are delighted with the response to the introduction of the sensory garden.”