Today the Wheat Quarter have confirmed that they are hosting two open days – Thursday 7th April from 11am – 4pm and Saturday 9th April from 2pm – 6pm at their offices on Hyde Way. It represents a chance to see the new revised proposals, meet members of the team and hear ‘why’ the proposals have been developed.
John West, development manager for the Wheat Quarter said:
“2022 has seen the Welwyn and Hatfield Local Plan come under even greater pressure from the Planning Inspector and Government to deliver much needed homes. The Council have recognised that the Wheat Quarter site can make a greater contribution to the [15,300] homes required by the Planning Inspector with a more sustainable mix of dwelling types, whilst reducing the pressure for more homes in the Greenbelt.
“To do this, new homes must be created alongside new facilities and improved infrastructure. Homes for rent and homes for later living are an essential part of the housing community in Welwyn Garden City, and providing all of these types of homes in and around the retained benefits of the previously consented scheme is a better outcome for more people.
The Wheat Quarter’s vision to reinvent this iconic landmark includes creating a vibrant destination for new businesses, artesian and local food, art and entertainment. Proposals are also in place to deliver a doctor’s surgery, wellness centre, food hub, galleries, exhibition space, and Art House Cinema. Expansive Public Realm spaces will provide the new settings for the renovated Listed Buildings with public art, entertainment, events and play areas.
The transformation of the Silos and Production Hall structures will feature; a modern food hall retaining the historic link with food production that will showcase the best of Hertfordshire’s young culinary talent and a state of the art three-screen art house cinema evoking the historic link with Welwyn Studios. In addition there will be co-working spaces, art galleries, displays of classic motorbikes and atop the 105 foot grain silos, a remarkable bar and event space crowning the whole development.