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REVISED PROPOSAL: Developer submits new plans to build flats on former Garston bus garage

 Published on: 25th May 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

A developer has officially submitted new plans to Watford Borough Council to build flats on the former bus garage in Garston.

Fairview New Homes has sent out plans to demolish a locally listed building and a former bus garage to build 127 flats in St Albans Road.

The developer had previously put forward plans to build 165 flats, this was refused by Watford Borough Council (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.

Fairview New Homes unveiled new proposals to redevelop the site in 127 flats in March and submitted the plans to WBC on May 6.

The new proposal is for five buildings ranging from three to five storeys in height, with 90 parking spaces, communal landscaped amenity areas, 232 cycle parking spaces and other associated development.

The developers said on the planning application submitted that “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.”

Some residents have already submitted their objection comments.

One person said: “As my property backs onto Marchwood House I feel five storeys high would be an invasion of privacy, and also impact the already congestion on the St Albans Road.”

Another person commented: “There needs to be at least one parking space per unit otherwise the surrounding streets will be full of cars parking illegally and causing access issues for the residents in the surrounding streets.”

To see the planning application search reference number 21/00698/FULM on WBC’s planning portal.

Picture credit Fairview New Homes

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