Nine new flats planned for Market Street

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Planning permission for nine new flats to the back of Market Street in Watford is being sought.

Developers Robkit Enterprises Limiteds want to construct one one-bedroom flat and eight two-bed flats with associated bin store, cycle store and courtyard.

The application seeks to demolish an office building, neighbouring garage and first floor property in Percy Street to make way for the development.

The design of the new complex is specified as being sympathetic to the surrounding buildings and respect the character and setting of the nearby listed buildings at the Holly Rood Church complex.

In addition, the application states that future occupiers of the flats will not be entitled to parking permits for the surrounding controlled parking zones, in a bid to reduce any further demand for on-street parking within the area.

The proposal will be heard by Watford Borough Council development control committee on Thursday, where the committee will discuss the recommendation to grant planning permission.

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11:11am Wed 16 Jul 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

Overdevelopment?

Why should one taxpayer be denied parking when his next-door neighbour is not? Is this the sort of town we want to foster? Just to get planning permission for an overdevelopment?

If there is not enough parking for new housing, then in all likelihood there is enough housing there already.

An extra 9 dwellings in an already built-up area is surely not a great idea.
Overdevelopment? Why should one taxpayer be denied parking when his next-door neighbour is not? Is this the sort of town we want to foster? Just to get planning permission for an overdevelopment? If there is not enough parking for new housing, then in all likelihood there is enough housing there already. An extra 9 dwellings in an already built-up area is surely not a great idea. Phil Cox (UKIP)
  • Score: 3

12:00pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Cuetip says...

‘The design of the new complex is specified as being sympathetic to the surrounding buildings ...’Not another hideous scheme like the one planned for the St Albans Rd Verulam Arms pub that even Category A prisoners would feel their human rights had been abused.

Let’s be honest, developers are designing by numbers rather than in harmony with the pressures on the local community.

How about buildings being good neighbours, a joy to look at, because it is a very high number of sardine cans in a limited space? The development of Rembrandt Hse at a busy junction is a classic case of where the opinions of neighbours were totally ignored.

I would like to believe that the cycle sheds is not just gesture politics like so much of the green agenda because how many of those making these decisions actually cycle on eg the ring road.
‘The design of the new complex is specified as being sympathetic to the surrounding buildings ...’Not another hideous scheme like the one planned for the St Albans Rd Verulam Arms pub that even Category A prisoners would feel their human rights had been abused. Let’s be honest, developers are designing by numbers rather than in harmony with the pressures on the local community. How about buildings being good neighbours, a joy to look at, because it is a very high number of sardine cans in a limited space? The development of Rembrandt Hse at a busy junction is a classic case of where the opinions of neighbours were totally ignored. I would like to believe that the cycle sheds is not just gesture politics like so much of the green agenda because how many of those making these decisions actually cycle on eg the ring road. Cuetip
  • Score: 6

2:12pm Wed 16 Jul 14

WD18Firm says...

Anyone who's driven down Market Street (or anywhere in West Watford for that matter) outside working hours will know parking permits just aren't required anyway.

There is no enforcement whatsoever by the Council so the buyers of these flats simply won't need them. They'll just park on the double yellows after 6pm like everyone else in this overcrowded part of town.
Anyone who's driven down Market Street (or anywhere in West Watford for that matter) outside working hours will know parking permits just aren't required anyway. There is no enforcement whatsoever by the Council so the buyers of these flats simply won't need them. They'll just park on the double yellows after 6pm like everyone else in this overcrowded part of town. WD18Firm
  • Score: 5

2:45pm Wed 16 Jul 14

pietas says...

It is laughable to think that by not allowing the residents of these flats to apply for parking permits will make it all alright. As WD18Firm says, outside of CPZ hours any one can park.
Not only that, but there will be extra traffic generated to these flats by visitors, deliveries, service engineers etc.
Market St and it's nearby roads is one of the most overcrowded areas in the borough. Hence the need for the recent introduction of the one way traffic direction off Francis Rd.
When will government and councils accept common sense? Not allowing someone a parking permit does not mean there will no increase in vehicles in the vicinity.
It is laughable to think that by not allowing the residents of these flats to apply for parking permits will make it all alright. As WD18Firm says, outside of CPZ hours any one can park. Not only that, but there will be extra traffic generated to these flats by visitors, deliveries, service engineers etc. Market St and it's nearby roads is one of the most overcrowded areas in the borough. Hence the need for the recent introduction of the one way traffic direction off Francis Rd. When will government and councils accept common sense? Not allowing someone a parking permit does not mean there will no increase in vehicles in the vicinity. pietas
  • Score: 3

3:00pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

pietas wrote:
It is laughable to think that by not allowing the residents of these flats to apply for parking permits will make it all alright. As WD18Firm says, outside of CPZ hours any one can park. Not only that, but there will be extra traffic generated to these flats by visitors, deliveries, service engineers etc. Market St and it's nearby roads is one of the most overcrowded areas in the borough. Hence the need for the recent introduction of the one way traffic direction off Francis Rd. When will government and councils accept common sense? Not allowing someone a parking permit does not mean there will no increase in vehicles in the vicinity.
When will the council accept common sense?

When it's a UKIP council. Until then, expect more of the same.

You're absolutely right in your comments.
[quote][p][bold]pietas[/bold] wrote: It is laughable to think that by not allowing the residents of these flats to apply for parking permits will make it all alright. As WD18Firm says, outside of CPZ hours any one can park. Not only that, but there will be extra traffic generated to these flats by visitors, deliveries, service engineers etc. Market St and it's nearby roads is one of the most overcrowded areas in the borough. Hence the need for the recent introduction of the one way traffic direction off Francis Rd. When will government and councils accept common sense? Not allowing someone a parking permit does not mean there will no increase in vehicles in the vicinity.[/p][/quote]When will the council accept common sense? When it's a UKIP council. Until then, expect more of the same. You're absolutely right in your comments. Phil Cox (UKIP)
  • Score: -2

5:10pm Wed 16 Jul 14

gusgreen says...

More bloody flats!!!!!!

Will the council listen - No - just count the extra council tax

Oh well thats Dotty for you!
More bloody flats!!!!!! Will the council listen - No - just count the extra council tax Oh well thats Dotty for you! gusgreen
  • Score: 1

6:36pm Wed 16 Jul 14

hornet88 says...

Leave it out. No parking is a bad idea. It just makes it worse. Just find somewhere else to build some flats or invest in modernising some of the squats around Watford. There's plenty of them
Leave it out. No parking is a bad idea. It just makes it worse. Just find somewhere else to build some flats or invest in modernising some of the squats around Watford. There's plenty of them hornet88
  • Score: 3
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