A new development of 92 one and two bedroom apartments in a private gated development is coming soon to Watford.
Watford currently has a population of just under 100,000 but this number is projected to increase to 110,000 by 2036.
The government set Watford, the second smallest borough in England by size, a target of 12,000 new homes over the next 15 years (793 a year)- but Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor has described this target as “unrealistic” – instead the council believes it can only stretch to 460 new homes a year.
There would be provision of 92 new dwellings, a Lidl store and a commuted sum of £750,000 towards affordable housing. There would also be a Community Infrastructure Levy charge of £1.85m towards new infrastructure.
17/00593/FULM – Redevelopment of the former gas works, involving the renovation and the use of Frogmore House for offices, the construction of LIDL food store and a residential building comprising 92 apartments
The Development Management Team Leader explained that the rear extension to Frogmore House was a later addition to the building. Works on the house would seek to retain all the existing fabric within the building including timber staircases and panelling. It would also include work to the boundary wall, removal of the concrete render to be replaced with lime render. The windows would be replaced with timber sash windows and a disabled access ramp would be installed. The developers had also agreed to make a payment of £15,000 to enable the council to appoint an independent consultant to act on the council’s behalf to agree and oversee the restoration works.