Intu finalises planning permission for new £100m Charter Place in Watford

Planning permission finalised for new £100m Charter Place

Planning permission finalised for new £100m Charter Place

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

The operator of intu Watford has finalised the planning permission for its £100 million scheme to redevelop Charter Place.

Watford Borough Council granted permission for the project last month subject to certain condition being agreed.

Today intu, which runs intu Watford and has secured a 999 lease on Charter Place, said the legal agreements had been secured and it could now make progress on the project.

The company said the broad timeline for the scheme, which will see most of the current centre pulled down and rebuilt, was that construction would start in 2015.

The new Charter Place is scheduled to open in time for Christmas 2017.

Howard Oldstein, general manager of intu Watford, said: "The £100 million investment across both shopping centres in Watford is aimed at transforming what the town has to offer. The redevelopment will create the very best shopping experience and destination for the population of Watford and the surrounding areas to shop high quality brands and spend more of their leisure time"

The scheme promises to transform Charter Place into a new three-story complex with a 450-seat IMAX cinema.

The centre will also have new shops and restaurants and as well as new leisure facilities and a public square area to host events such as street theatre and music shows.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill said: "We’re very fortunate that while shopping centre schemes up and down the country are floundering, ours is moving forwards.

"We have an excellent partner in intu, who have shared our aspirations for a town centre cinema, new restaurants and family friendly leisure facilities. The jobs news is excellent too. Watford residents deserve the best, and they’re going to get it."

Intu said the proposed development will create around 1,125 additional new jobs across the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, and up to 630 temporary construction jobs will be supported during the construction phase.

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:35am Thu 6 Feb 14

dontknowynot says...

Time and again we see claims of Jobs and whilst on this scheme I am sure that the estimates to temporary construction jobs are sound and that there will be some gain in permanent jobs, I do wonder as to what actual net gain there will be.

As an example of misleading I would cite the Wicks HQ my understanding is that this will create very few if any new jobs for watford as the vast majority of staff are transferring from Harrow.

Looking at the prospect of more restaurants, we all ready have a lot in watford and will they all survive.

In intu we trust seems to be the modern mantra of Watford Council, my fear is they will do what is good for them and no one else, still this may involve some synergy with the council if they want to allow the development of more high density housing in and around the town center or something.
Time and again we see claims of Jobs and whilst on this scheme I am sure that the estimates to temporary construction jobs are sound and that there will be some gain in permanent jobs, I do wonder as to what actual net gain there will be. As an example of misleading I would cite the Wicks HQ my understanding is that this will create very few if any new jobs for watford as the vast majority of staff are transferring from Harrow. Looking at the prospect of more restaurants, we all ready have a lot in watford and will they all survive. In intu we trust seems to be the modern mantra of Watford Council, my fear is they will do what is good for them and no one else, still this may involve some synergy with the council if they want to allow the development of more high density housing in and around the town center or something. dontknowynot
  • Score: -1

2:54pm Thu 6 Feb 14

EU_OUT_NOW says...

"630 temporary construction jobs will be supported during the construction phase". Really?? and where will they be imported from?
"630 temporary construction jobs will be supported during the construction phase". Really?? and where will they be imported from? EU_OUT_NOW
  • Score: 1

1:08pm Fri 7 Feb 14

njm211270 says...

Lots more of our lovely non English construction workers, what about employing only from those from Watford who are seeing work in this industry and time and time again being pushed out. Also dont see the YMCA in that picture, I understand that is not going
Lots more of our lovely non English construction workers, what about employing only from those from Watford who are seeing work in this industry and time and time again being pushed out. Also dont see the YMCA in that picture, I understand that is not going njm211270
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree