'East German' Boundary Way flat plans criticised by politicians

Boundary Way plans

Boundary Way plans

First published in News
Last updated
Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Plans to build 70 new homes on a cramped estate were met with horror by Three Rivers District Council Planning Committee who described the design as "East German" and Soviet.

Councillors criticised the plans that would take away existing grass land in Boundary Way and build two and three story blocks of flats.

The already dense estate, on the border of Watford and Three Rivers, is crippled with parking pinch points - in some places there are 23 per cent more cars than spaces.

The committee particularly objected to the creation of ‘walkways’ in the new plans, fearing it would encourage anti-social behaviour, and the design of flat entrances, which include communal exterior corridors to the flats.

Councillor Paula Hiscocks said: "The plans are horrible when you see these walkways.

"We might be building on a budget but people still deserve to have separate entrances, that security and to see who’s coming in.

"I cannot believe anyone is planning to use walkways like that in this day and age.

"It looks like Eastern Germany or Russia."

Mrs Hiscocks went on to voice concerns about this increase in the density of the estate and the lack of amenity spaces for Boundary Way residents.

Councillor Amrit Mediratta added: "External walkways are reminiscent of 1920s architecture. It looks terribly over developed.

"Let’s put some imagination into it. We only get one chance with architecture to come up with something really nice."

Two planning applications have been submitted for the Boundary Way estate.

One seeks to build 46 new one, two and three bed homes consisting of two-to-three storey buildings together with new shop, community facilities including community gardens, parking and landscaping on the eastern side of the Boundary Way Estate.

The plans are to demolish 24 flats, a shop, a community building and garages and associated hard landscaping to make way for the new development.

A second planning application seeks to knock down seven garages and put up 16 new one and two bed homes consisting of two storey buildings, split over four separate areas, with asso

Comments (9)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:49pm Fri 16 May 14

TRT says...

Isn't that suspiciously close to an allotment? Can't quite make out the plans there, a bit small...
Isn't that suspiciously close to an allotment? Can't quite make out the plans there, a bit small... TRT
  • Score: 0

6:07pm Fri 16 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

TRT wrote:
Isn't that suspiciously close to an allotment? Can't quite make out the plans there, a bit small...
Don't you mean a LibDem Ltd Building Plot?

Nowhere is safe from LibDem builders
[quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: Isn't that suspiciously close to an allotment? Can't quite make out the plans there, a bit small...[/p][/quote]Don't you mean a LibDem Ltd Building Plot? Nowhere is safe from LibDem builders Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -3

6:29pm Fri 16 May 14

Watfordengineer says...

isn't that the plan of the existing houses? it looks exactly like the google earth image. unless they have built it already. what and where are they placing this?
we mock, but housing is very short, so we do need a lot more developments and not all of them will be architecturally brilliant.
isn't that the plan of the existing houses? it looks exactly like the google earth image. unless they have built it already. what and where are they placing this? we mock, but housing is very short, so we do need a lot more developments and not all of them will be architecturally brilliant. Watfordengineer
  • Score: -1

7:49pm Fri 16 May 14

Nascot says...

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
TRT wrote:
Isn't that suspiciously close to an allotment? Can't quite make out the plans there, a bit small...
Don't you mean a LibDem Ltd Building Plot?

Nowhere is safe from LibDem builders
Recently another politician took an interest in a neighbouring territory. His name was Vladimir Putin.
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: Isn't that suspiciously close to an allotment? Can't quite make out the plans there, a bit small...[/p][/quote]Don't you mean a LibDem Ltd Building Plot? Nowhere is safe from LibDem builders[/p][/quote]Recently another politician took an interest in a neighbouring territory. His name was Vladimir Putin. Nascot
  • Score: 10

8:42pm Fri 16 May 14

ED12 says...

But wait, if there is a chemist on site then we can call it a Health Campus.
But wait, if there is a chemist on site then we can call it a Health Campus. ED12
  • Score: 9

10:54am Sat 17 May 14

LocalBoy1 says...

Have we learned nothing from past housing design failures? "communal exterior corridors and walkways?" As an example, just look at the history of the Holywell estate in west Watford. The blocks of flats have had their communal entrances closed in with door entry systems to keep out anti social behaviour and walkways have been restricted with high green steel fencing. Guess why?
Have we learned nothing from past housing design failures? "communal exterior corridors and walkways?" As an example, just look at the history of the Holywell estate in west Watford. The blocks of flats have had their communal entrances closed in with door entry systems to keep out anti social behaviour and walkways have been restricted with high green steel fencing. Guess why? LocalBoy1
  • Score: 2

10:59am Sat 17 May 14

LocalBoy1 says...

I wonder why we can't say, Sorry this town is full, there is NO more building land left? Oh, of course, Lib Dems and EU targets?
I wonder why we can't say, Sorry this town is full, there is NO more building land left? Oh, of course, Lib Dems and EU targets? LocalBoy1
  • Score: 2

9:49pm Sat 17 May 14

Aryldi says...

Have they forgotten the Broadwater Farm riots (Tottenham), after which communal walk ways were removed, for the safety of everyone?
Have they forgotten the Broadwater Farm riots (Tottenham), after which communal walk ways were removed, for the safety of everyone? Aryldi
  • Score: 1

6:09pm Sun 18 May 14

watfordrick says...

I say build it put more scum in there and keep them all together !
I say build it put more scum in there and keep them all together ! watfordrick
  • Score: -6

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