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NEW UPDATE: Developer plans to demolish former bus garage in Garston

 Published on: 30th August 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

The developer behind plans to build 127 flats on the former bus depot in Garston has announced plans to demolish the bus garage this year.

Fairview New Homes has informed Watford Borough Council (WBC) that it is looking to demolish the former Arriva bus garage and office in St Albans Road.

The developer’s latest planning application is about the prior approval for the demolition work, this is set to take place between September and December.

Full planning permission for the work to go ahead is not required in this instance, this is due to permitted development rights.

The developer had previously put forward plans to build 165 flats, this was refused by WBC and a planning inspector due to the loss of the locally listed building, the scale and design of the buildings and encroachment of the established building line.

The developer then unveiled new proposals to redevelop the site in 127 flats in March and submitted the plans to WBC on May 6.

At the time Fairview New Homes said: “The revised proposals seek to respond to the concerns raised by the previous application (both at a local level and those raised by the Inspectorate), proposing a scheme that sees a significant reduction in units (30 per cent) and a design that is more sympathetic and better relates to its surroundings.”

The revised plans for 127 are currently pending.

The application for prior approval can be found on the council’s planning portal by entering 21/01185/DEM.

The pending plans for 127 flats can be found on the same portal by entering 21/00698/FULM.

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