|Borough of Welwyn Hatfield|
Shown within Hertfordshire
|Region:||East of England|
| Ranked 223rd|
|Admin. HQ:||Welwyn Garden City|
- Total ()
| Ranked |
|Ethnicity:|| 89.0% White|
4.0% South Asian
2.4% Black British
1.8% Mixed Race
2.9% Chinese or Other Ethnic Group
Welwyn Hatfield Council
|Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
Its covers the two towns of Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield, along with numerous smaller settlements from Woolmer Green in the north to Little Heath in the south. Each of the towns has a railway station on the East Coast Main Line and they are close to the A1 road.
The district was formed on April 1, 1974, as a merger of the Welwyn Garden City urban district, with the Hatfield and Welwyn rural districts. It petitioned for borough status in 2005, which was agreed to by the Privy Council on November 15 2005. In April 2006 a charter conferring borough status was granted, and the title of the council officially changed to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council on May 22 2006. The first Mayor of the borough, John Hawkins, was chosen on May 22.
Set within the London green belt, the towns still retain something of their own identities despite the anomalous and often confusing name of Welwyn Hatfield which can make them sound as one . Welwyn Garden City has a famous heritage being one of only two Garden Cities in the Country, and is uniquely both Garden City and designated New Town. They function to some extent as dormitory towns for householders who work in London. The Welwyn Viaduct is a locally important landmark.
Following a proposal put forward by The Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust, Andres Duany the internationally renowned town-planner has suggested that designated 'Garden Villages' could be built within Hertfordshire to relieve some of the pressure for new homes, with perhaps a third Garden City to follow.