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36 FLATS: Developers submit plans for 36 new flats in Watford

 Published on: 5th October 2022   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

A new development of 36 flats could be built in Watford after fresh plans were submitted to planners. 

Developers submitted the plans to Watford Borough Council (WBC) on September 21 for the new homes at 250 High Street. 

It would see a new five-story block of flats built with all either one or two-bedroom apartments. 

The planning application follows a previous design on the same site which was withdrawn after the Environment Agency objected due to a  contamination risk beneath the site.

Since then further investigations have taken place with planners confident the risk is low. 

The Environment Agency are yet to comment on the fresh application but other organisations have returned comments. 

That includes Thames Water, who said: “We would advise that if the developer follows the sequential approach to the disposal of surface water we would have no objection.”

However, they did ask for conditions that “appropriate measures” are taken as the site is within 15 metres of their underground waste water assets. 

The new homes are expected to range from £255,000 to £525,000 with some flats boasting access via their own front door, balconies and even a roof terrace. 

To keep in line with the local policy to encourage the use of public transport, the development is expected to be car-free with only one disabled parking space.

However, there would be 60 cycle parking spaces in a secured cycle store at ground level.

The application has been welcomed by Watford residents including John Coleman. 

He said: “We need more new homes that are on the smaller side so we can get first time buyers on the ladder. 

“My daughter could never afford most of the houses round here but developments like this would give her a chance.”

This is the first planning application on the site since May 2021, which was subsequently withdrawn.

The plans can be viewed on WBC’s planning website and by searching for 22/01126/FULM. 

Picture credit  Smith Jenkins

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