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STRANGEWAYS: Controversial plans to build five homes in Watford rejected

 Published on: 3rd May 2023   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watford residents and councillors are celebrating after planning permission for the Strangeways back garden development was refused.

The proposed development, submitted by MBL Architecture, to build five houses in the rear garden of 32 Strangeways was heavily opposed by residents due to its location above a train tunnel and its potential impact on the local neighbourhood and environment.

Strangeways residents Helen Nicell and Shiventhan Srirangan wrote to neighbouring homes in Strangeways, Courtlands Drive and Goodwood Avenue to raise their concerns.

Liberal Democrat Nascot councillor Mark Hofman said: “Strangeways is not a sustainable location for a multi-unit development. It was clear that these plans would have a wholly unacceptable impact on the privacy of neighbouring homes, children and adults enjoying the adjacent park, and the wildlife habitat of protected species such as bats.”

Other issues such as the cramped appearance of the development and the lack of an ecological appraisal were also raised.

MBL Architecture have been contacted for comment.

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