Land North & East of Ware is intended to be the site of a housing development which will see the building of 1,000, possibly 15,000 mixed use homes. The actual amount is subject to highways mitigation measures. Ware Priory hosted an in-person exhibition in December 2021, also available online for views and comments. The exhibition represented a sort of consultation where those interested could chat with designers. It was also an opportunity for people to voice opinions, concerns and get involved with the project concept in general.
The exhibition was pretty well attended with over 400 attendees, who spoke with the planning team, and made their thoughts known. They were invited to fill out a comments form, the intention being to have the local community shape the area’s future.
Ptarmigan Land and JTP are hoping to work closely with the community on the new proposals and Masterplanning Framework Document (MFD). The process began in 2019, but the appearance of Covid 19 put the proceedings on hold. Collection of feedback in 2019 was used to shape the MFD, which was then submitted to East Herts Council and approved. If the recently submitted planning application is successful work is expected to start later in the year.
Not everything in the world of construction always goes smoothly though, and there are several objections to the proposals. Many local residents are unhappy about the development, stating that arable land in the area is needed. There is also a fair amount of cynicism among the communities, and a general mistrust of planners.
Excavations on the GlaxoSmithKline site near Ware Lock discovered settlements reaching back through time to the Mesolithic or Middle Stone Age. This means the small town of Ware was around 5,000-10,000 years ago. One of the country’s oldest roads crosses the River Lea in the area, which is what first prompted people to settle here. The road was known as the main road of medieval England, originally called Ermine Street, then the Old North Road.
The Ware museum houses stone implements used by prehistoric Ware citizens, along with a clay pot of the Bronze Age ‘beaker folk’. There has also been found evidence of even later Iron Age fortifications in several parts of the town.
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