12-storey tower on former RBS site at Clarendon Road recommended for approval

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Scaled-down plans for a new block of flats in Watford town center are recommended for approval.

Watford Borough Council’s planning committee will meet next Monday to discuss a proposal for 65 apartments in a block of up to 12 floors in Clarendon Road.

Plans would see the former RBS bank opposite the Watford Palace Theater demolished and replaced by a residential tower ranging from studios to one and two bedrooms.

Applicants IDA London Holdings believe the land next to the ring road can help meet Watford’s housing needs and council officers said it is a ‘sustainable location suitable for further development high density”.

A view of the proposed building to be reviewed by the planning committee. Credit: Iceni Projects/IDA London Holdings

The report to be presented to the committee on March 14 describes the proposed homes as being of “high quality” and describes the design of the building as “attractive” with no “detrimental” impact on nearby listed buildings such as the theater or Beechen Grove Church. baptist.

The council indicated that it would not be willing to support IDA’s initial plans for 103 apartments in a tower block of up to 22 floors, prompting applicants to withdraw this particular project.

Watford Observer: This program for a building of up to 22 floors was withdrawn after the council indicated they would not support the plans.  Credit: Iceni Projects/IDA London HoldingsThis program for a building of up to 22 floors was withdrawn after the council indicated that it would not support the plans. Credit: Iceni Projects/IDA London Holdings

The latest plans, for which council has recommended the committee grant permission, would also see a cafe or other type of community use included on the ground floor.

No parking spaces are offered with the development designed to be ‘car-free’. A total of 102 cycle spaces are available.

Watford Observer: The former RBS building which would be demolished.  Credit: Google MapsThe old RBS building which would be demolished. Credit: Google Maps

None of the 65 apartments are to be designated as affordable. The council accepts the development does not have “sufficient viability” to include affordable housing, but says IDA has agreed to pay £300,000 which will be used to provide affordable housing elsewhere in the borough. #

The council says letters regarding the scheme have been received from three households and the Watford Town Center Residents Association.

Concerns raised include height, shading, noise during construction, lack of affordable housing and the already “crowded” area.

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