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Regeneration scheme approved for Ascot Road

The council has granted planning approval for a bold new regeneration scheme on Ascot Road, Watford.

The proposed development is within a council Special Policy Area, which encourages mixed use development on previously developed land in order to reinvigorate the area. Once completed, the building will offer 485 residential units, including 170 affordable units, retail space, community areas and extensive landscaping to improve public.

The committee took note of the recommendations from the Head of Planning’s report, acknowledging the proposal supports the fulfilment of Watford’s housing needs under national requirements as well as regenerating an underused industrial area. It was agreed the planning benefits substantially outweighed the adverse impacts which had been identified.

Cllr Peter Jeffree, Chair of the Management Development Committee, said: “This scheme brings a significant investment to the Western Gateway, a priority area for Watford in the Draft Local Plan as well as much-needed affordable homes for our community.

“In light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the council specifically asked the developers to provide further information on fire safety.

“Although such matters are primarily covered by building regulation, which are separate to planning matters, the committee wished to have assurances that this had been taken into account.”

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