A homeowner says she will feel “trapped” if plans to build to redevelop and extend a “historic” home near her are approved.

Campaigners are also up in arms about a proposal to demolish a historic garage as part of a scheme to create six flats.

Developer Little Stratford Ltd wants to part knock down, refurbish, and extend a house in Langley Road, Watford.

But it’s not proved popular with neighbours with 15 objections lodged on Watford Borough Council’s (WBC) planning portal – while Nascot councillor Mark Hofman is also opposing the plans.

Susan Clay’s home backs on to the back of 80 Langley Road – the house in question.

Ms Clay, who is retired, said: “My view will be blocked of light and overlooked. I will lose light outside the back of my home. It will be a horrible view.

“My home was built by my family and I have lived here since 1966. I’m becoming quite intimidated by what’s been planned and I don’t want to move but I might have to. I will feel trapped and boxed in.

“I don’t agree with the extension or the new build. The house should be retained as a family home and should be restored and the garden reinstated.”

The loss of a “distinctive” green garage has also riled the community. Built by Max Lock in the 1930s, the garage is one of the few remaining examples of the well renowned urban planner’s work in the UK.

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Cllr Hofman outside the home in Langley Road which could be turned into flats

Cllr Hofman said: “Not only are we looking at a design that will strip the Nascot Conservation Area of distinctive characteristic features but if the application is approved, we will also see an unacceptable new block of flats built as part of a back-garden intensification plan.

“Gardens are an important part of our natural environment. This green space will be lost forever and, in the process, cause significant loss of privacy, loss of outlook and loss of daylight to the near neighbours.

“However, we welcome the refurbishment of this prominent Langley Road home, I know neighbours agree it’s time for the site to be restored to its former glory, but this must be delivered in a way that respects Nascot’s history.”

A two-storey extension is proposed to the existing home alongside a single block to fit two flats at the rear of the property. Six car parking spaces will be provided.

The agents for the application were approached but declined to comment on the concerns raised.

The planning application, which includes planning statements by the applicants, can be viewed here