Parking concerns could put the brakes on Watford University Technical College

Design of the new Watford University Technical College

Design of the new Watford University Technical College

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A new planning application for Watford University Technical College to build a four-storey extension on one of the buildings could be halted by councillors because of parking problems the proposals may create.

The plans seek to build a four-storey extension on an existing office block at 18 Colonial Way and infill the carpark underneath the development at ground level.

However, a report to Watford Borough Council’s planning and development committee noted the proposals may result in on-street parking on Radlett Road and the residential roads to the north of the site.

The report said: "In order to address this issue, a financial contribution has been agreed with the applicant to undertake a consultation with local residents regarding the introduction of commuter waiting restrictions on these roads."

If the additional funding is not secured, the planning and development committee has been recommended to refuse the application.

Watford UTC, which will provide secondary level education for 14 to 19-year-old students, is due to open this September.

The applicant, Meller Educational Trust, and it’s partner University of Hertfordshire, has been working in conjunction with a range of national and international companies to develop an academic and vocational curriculum based around computer science, hospitality, tourism and event management, catering. At full capacity it will have 600 students and a staff of 75.

But neighbours of the site have voiced concerns including "college should be located where there is adequate parking for staff and older students. Eastfield Avenue already suffers from commuter parking".

Comments also said: "Lack of car parking for staff and students may lead to an increase in parking on nearby residential roads."

The council has recommended the committee grant planning permission subject to an obligation to secure additional funding of £17,500 towards a feasibility study, public consultation exercise and the design of a parking scheme for Radlett Road, north of the Colonial Way junction, and the residential roads to the north of the site, Carisbrooke Avenue, Eastfield Avenue, Devon Road, Byron Avenue and Tavistock Road, to prevent unrestricted on-street parking on these roads.

In the event this condition is not completed by August 20, the council recommends the committee authorise the development management section head to refuse planning permission because the proposals fail to make appropriate provision to prevent unrestricted on-street parking in the near-by residential roads.

Politicians will discuss the proposals at tonight's Watford Borough Council planning meeting.

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6:57pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Met_girl says...

Residents raised concerns about this in May when planning applications were announced in MAY....took them long enough to look into it!
Residents raised concerns about this in May when planning applications were announced in MAY....took them long enough to look into it! Met_girl
  • Score: 6

7:25pm Thu 7 Aug 14

inside-watford says...

It does seem to be a strange place to put the college in the first place

The planning suggests there are currently 133 spaces and they will be reduced to 50. It anticipates that the reduction will encourage use of other transport.... which I believe is only a bus or a long walk to the station. Again it questions the location.

The usual blurb about encourage healthy walking etc is included. This is the usual rubbish that the developers use to justify their inadequate building designs.

It should be noted that the car park opposite \ next to the allotments has 56 spaces. It seems that Watford Council are going to start charging £3 a day there soon, how convenient for them!

Spaces have already been removed not too far away on Link Road which was recently made double yellow lines. Some instead now park in the Scouts Car Park.

This all reflects on the other article with Watford Junction and the crossrail plans. There is a severe lack of parking facilities in and around the station. Not everybody can walk or get a bus to the station so like it or not people do use cars.

Any development such as this should cater for parking, not so sure how many students have cars though!!

Maybe they should look at putting the college nearer the town to allow people to use public transport or not filling in the existing car park!
It does seem to be a strange place to put the college in the first place The planning suggests there are currently 133 spaces and they will be reduced to 50. It anticipates that the reduction will encourage use of other transport.... which I believe is only a bus or a long walk to the station. Again it questions the location. The usual blurb about encourage healthy walking etc is included. This is the usual rubbish that the developers use to justify their inadequate building designs. It should be noted that the car park opposite \ next to the allotments has 56 spaces. It seems that Watford Council are going to start charging £3 a day there soon, how convenient for them! Spaces have already been removed not too far away on Link Road which was recently made double yellow lines. Some instead now park in the Scouts Car Park. This all reflects on the other article with Watford Junction and the crossrail plans. There is a severe lack of parking facilities in and around the station. Not everybody can walk or get a bus to the station so like it or not people do use cars. Any development such as this should cater for parking, not so sure how many students have cars though!! Maybe they should look at putting the college nearer the town to allow people to use public transport or not filling in the existing car park! inside-watford
  • Score: 9

8:25pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Cuetip says...

inside-watford wrote:
It does seem to be a strange place to put the college in the first place

The planning suggests there are currently 133 spaces and they will be reduced to 50. It anticipates that the reduction will encourage use of other transport.... which I believe is only a bus or a long walk to the station. Again it questions the location.

The usual blurb about encourage healthy walking etc is included. This is the usual rubbish that the developers use to justify their inadequate building designs.

It should be noted that the car park opposite \ next to the allotments has 56 spaces. It seems that Watford Council are going to start charging £3 a day there soon, how convenient for them!

Spaces have already been removed not too far away on Link Road which was recently made double yellow lines. Some instead now park in the Scouts Car Park.

This all reflects on the other article with Watford Junction and the crossrail plans. There is a severe lack of parking facilities in and around the station. Not everybody can walk or get a bus to the station so like it or not people do use cars.

Any development such as this should cater for parking, not so sure how many students have cars though!!

Maybe they should look at putting the college nearer the town to allow people to use public transport or not filling in the existing car park!
Well done - a thorough good read.

Bus services cut. It's manna from heaven for the council's plan to rollout CPZ all over Nth Watford to prop up its depleted parking charges fund.

Wait for the drum roll of car free college, unused cycle racks, and healthy walking my foot.

What's wrong with integrating the courses with the brand new West Herts College or is it just another frothy vanity project for MP's desperate election campaign as with the ghostly new hospital having neglected voters in 11 of the 12 wards in Watford.
[quote][p][bold]inside-watford[/bold] wrote: It does seem to be a strange place to put the college in the first place The planning suggests there are currently 133 spaces and they will be reduced to 50. It anticipates that the reduction will encourage use of other transport.... which I believe is only a bus or a long walk to the station. Again it questions the location. The usual blurb about encourage healthy walking etc is included. This is the usual rubbish that the developers use to justify their inadequate building designs. It should be noted that the car park opposite \ next to the allotments has 56 spaces. It seems that Watford Council are going to start charging £3 a day there soon, how convenient for them! Spaces have already been removed not too far away on Link Road which was recently made double yellow lines. Some instead now park in the Scouts Car Park. This all reflects on the other article with Watford Junction and the crossrail plans. There is a severe lack of parking facilities in and around the station. Not everybody can walk or get a bus to the station so like it or not people do use cars. Any development such as this should cater for parking, not so sure how many students have cars though!! Maybe they should look at putting the college nearer the town to allow people to use public transport or not filling in the existing car park![/p][/quote]Well done - a thorough good read. Bus services cut. It's manna from heaven for the council's plan to rollout CPZ all over Nth Watford to prop up its depleted parking charges fund. Wait for the drum roll of car free college, unused cycle racks, and healthy walking my foot. What's wrong with integrating the courses with the brand new West Herts College or is it just another frothy vanity project for MP's desperate election campaign as with the ghostly new hospital having neglected voters in 11 of the 12 wards in Watford. Cuetip
  • Score: 7

8:25pm Thu 7 Aug 14

1256 says...

Beth, breaks or brakes ???
Beth, breaks or brakes ??? 1256
  • Score: 11

9:02pm Thu 7 Aug 14

inside-watford says...

Cuetip wrote:
inside-watford wrote:
It does seem to be a strange place to put the college in the first place

The planning suggests there are currently 133 spaces and they will be reduced to 50. It anticipates that the reduction will encourage use of other transport.... which I believe is only a bus or a long walk to the station. Again it questions the location.

The usual blurb about encourage healthy walking etc is included. This is the usual rubbish that the developers use to justify their inadequate building designs.

It should be noted that the car park opposite \ next to the allotments has 56 spaces. It seems that Watford Council are going to start charging £3 a day there soon, how convenient for them!

Spaces have already been removed not too far away on Link Road which was recently made double yellow lines. Some instead now park in the Scouts Car Park.

This all reflects on the other article with Watford Junction and the crossrail plans. There is a severe lack of parking facilities in and around the station. Not everybody can walk or get a bus to the station so like it or not people do use cars.

Any development such as this should cater for parking, not so sure how many students have cars though!!

Maybe they should look at putting the college nearer the town to allow people to use public transport or not filling in the existing car park!
Well done - a thorough good read.

Bus services cut. It's manna from heaven for the council's plan to rollout CPZ all over Nth Watford to prop up its depleted parking charges fund.

Wait for the drum roll of car free college, unused cycle racks, and healthy walking my foot.

What's wrong with integrating the courses with the brand new West Herts College or is it just another frothy vanity project for MP's desperate election campaign as with the ghostly new hospital having neglected voters in 11 of the 12 wards in Watford.
I completely agree, you also have a very valid point about the bus cutbacks, I didn't even think about those.

The CPZ is a joke at times as in some areas they would be more useful being in place of a night.

The amount of builds and conversions going on without sufficient parking is partly to blame. Every developer uses the same ol' trick by suggesting that people at the new build \ conversion will not require a car as it's near a station \ bus stop. Whilst the government are pushing to reduce car usage and the councils gain points for every unit they create it is all approved without question.
[quote][p][bold]Cuetip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]inside-watford[/bold] wrote: It does seem to be a strange place to put the college in the first place The planning suggests there are currently 133 spaces and they will be reduced to 50. It anticipates that the reduction will encourage use of other transport.... which I believe is only a bus or a long walk to the station. Again it questions the location. The usual blurb about encourage healthy walking etc is included. This is the usual rubbish that the developers use to justify their inadequate building designs. It should be noted that the car park opposite \ next to the allotments has 56 spaces. It seems that Watford Council are going to start charging £3 a day there soon, how convenient for them! Spaces have already been removed not too far away on Link Road which was recently made double yellow lines. Some instead now park in the Scouts Car Park. This all reflects on the other article with Watford Junction and the crossrail plans. There is a severe lack of parking facilities in and around the station. Not everybody can walk or get a bus to the station so like it or not people do use cars. Any development such as this should cater for parking, not so sure how many students have cars though!! Maybe they should look at putting the college nearer the town to allow people to use public transport or not filling in the existing car park![/p][/quote]Well done - a thorough good read. Bus services cut. It's manna from heaven for the council's plan to rollout CPZ all over Nth Watford to prop up its depleted parking charges fund. Wait for the drum roll of car free college, unused cycle racks, and healthy walking my foot. What's wrong with integrating the courses with the brand new West Herts College or is it just another frothy vanity project for MP's desperate election campaign as with the ghostly new hospital having neglected voters in 11 of the 12 wards in Watford.[/p][/quote]I completely agree, you also have a very valid point about the bus cutbacks, I didn't even think about those. The CPZ is a joke at times as in some areas they would be more useful being in place of a night. The amount of builds and conversions going on without sufficient parking is partly to blame. Every developer uses the same ol' trick by suggesting that people at the new build \ conversion will not require a car as it's near a station \ bus stop. Whilst the government are pushing to reduce car usage and the councils gain points for every unit they create it is all approved without question. inside-watford
  • Score: 1

9:02pm Thu 7 Aug 14

HertsPeter says...

Good luck with this corrupt council who totally disregard neighbours' / residents feelings, just as they have done with the Nascot Arms trading hours. They are a DISGRACE.
Good luck with this corrupt council who totally disregard neighbours' / residents feelings, just as they have done with the Nascot Arms trading hours. They are a DISGRACE. HertsPeter
  • Score: 3

2:47pm Fri 8 Aug 14

TRT says...

Opening date September 15th? Where can I order my "I told you so" T-shirt from?
Opening date September 15th? Where can I order my "I told you so" T-shirt from? TRT
  • Score: -1

5:35am Sat 9 Aug 14

#UKMum says...

The 'college' should provide underground parking on site for staff and students who wish to commute. Radlett Road should not have to be used as parking for this development. We have a perfectly good West Herts College Campus already. A good secondary school wouldn't go amiss though as would a primary school.
The 'college' should provide underground parking on site for staff and students who wish to commute. Radlett Road should not have to be used as parking for this development. We have a perfectly good West Herts College Campus already. A good secondary school wouldn't go amiss though as would a primary school. #UKMum
  • Score: -1

8:58am Sat 9 Aug 14

TRT says...

The UTC principal is different to WHC. There is demand enough for both, though since WHC cut its HE programmes, there's a lack of supply at that level.
There's no way to provide underground parking at that site - Axis 1 has a large carpark, but not large enough to meet demand from the entire student body, hence why more local colleges are needed. WHC has no parking at all!
The UTC principal is different to WHC. There is demand enough for both, though since WHC cut its HE programmes, there's a lack of supply at that level. There's no way to provide underground parking at that site - Axis 1 has a large carpark, but not large enough to meet demand from the entire student body, hence why more local colleges are needed. WHC has no parking at all! TRT
  • Score: -1

3:43pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Shortcake Biscuit says...

First part of the application including 'removing and infill of current parking spaces' should be rejected without question - why insist on a survey after they have been allowed to reduce spaces???

Although the impact will be on the roads nearby as stated what about the impact to the 2 small local car parks for the parks that have no control so will just be filled up all day along with all the commuter cars. Radlett Road is already ear marked for yellow lines due to the application for the moving of the Hurling Club to the local fields so this will probably not be affected. However I bet the Radlett Road estate will be, as the council can't organise with all the landlords a parking scheme for the area ....... HOWEVER - the Reeds Estate seem to get what they want at warp speed - I wonder why !!!!!
First part of the application including 'removing and infill of current parking spaces' should be rejected without question - why insist on a survey after they have been allowed to reduce spaces??? Although the impact will be on the roads nearby as stated what about the impact to the 2 small local car parks for the parks that have no control so will just be filled up all day along with all the commuter cars. Radlett Road is already ear marked for yellow lines due to the application for the moving of the Hurling Club to the local fields so this will probably not be affected. However I bet the Radlett Road estate will be, as the council can't organise with all the landlords a parking scheme for the area ....... HOWEVER - the Reeds Estate seem to get what they want at warp speed - I wonder why !!!!! Shortcake Biscuit
  • Score: -1

3:52pm Mon 11 Aug 14

TRT says...

Opening on September 15th!?!

I very much doubt it... though I'm sure Emma will be along to insist it will be all good and on time. Not that I have anything against her, she's really lovely and very determined and just WOW, but be realistic, please. This is never going to happen in this time frame. I'd be looking at a January opening given what's reported here and what was in the plans.
Opening on September 15th!?! I very much doubt it... though I'm sure Emma will be along to insist it will be all good and on time. Not that I have anything against her, she's really lovely and very determined and just WOW, but be realistic, please. This is never going to happen in this time frame. I'd be looking at a January opening given what's reported here and what was in the plans. TRT
  • Score: -1

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