Watford could get new market as 141-home plan recommended for approval

On Wednesday (July 10), the borough council’s development management committee will consider a “major application” for the former department store site, now occupied by B&M, NRG Gym, and Global Buffet.

Having looked over the detailed proposal, council officers have made a formal recommendation stating that planning permission should be granted.

Dozens of shoppers queue for the Blue Cross sale at Clements in 1994.Dozens of shoppers queue for the Blue Cross sale at Clements in 1994. (Image: Watford Observer)

Watford Market would be completely revamped with 35 individual units, two residential blocks of flats with 17 and seven storeys respectively would be built, and shop floorspace provided on the ground level of each block.

A footpath and wider public space would be opened up, allowing shoppers to walk from Watford House Lane/Beechen Grove straight through to High Street.

Two objections and two letters in support were submitted in response to the plan.

A CGI from early in the planning process showing the proposed frontage.A CGI from early in the planning process showing the proposed frontage from High Street. (Image: Makower Architects)

The proposal was amended during the process to provide every home with a private balcony and reduce the height of one block, bringing the number of homes from 152 to 141.

Planning officers judged that it offers “high quality new homes, with no adverse impact on surrounding residential properties”.

The site.The site. (Image: Google Earth)

The report added: “The development offers a unique opportunity to retain the market on this site but in a new and purpose-designed space with new access and visibility from the surrounding context.”

Although planning officers’ views are taken into account, and often indicate how a potential appeal bid may be seen, the final decision is down to the councillors on Wednesday’s meeting.

CGI attached to the plan.CGI attached to the plan. (Image: Makower Architects/Watford Borough Council planning portal)



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