The loss of a 'distinctive' green garage proved pivotal in a decision to refuse plans for new five flats.

Developer Little Stratford Ltd want to knock down, refurbish, and extend a house in Langley Road, Watford, but the scheme appeared to be unpopular with neighbours.

Objections to the application included the scheme being "out of keeping" with the rest of the area, overdevelopment, and loss of privacy due to a rear block overlooking neighbouring homes.

After analysing the proposal, a planning officer at Watford Borough Council has decided to reject Little Stratford's application - citing that a proposal of a two-storey extension would not be 'proportional or sympathetic' to the scale, character, and appearance of the building.

The case officer also concluded the demolition of a 'distinctive curved garage' would have a 'harmful impact' on the character and appearance of the local listed building, adding the building is 'prominent' in the area.

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The green garage was built by urban planner Max Lock in the 1930s and is believed to be one of the few remaining examples of his work.

Following refusal, Nascot ward councillor, who objected to the scheme, said: "The very distinctive curved garage is a prominent characteristic feature of Little Stratford House and the wider Langley Road area. It’s extremely important we preserve our town’s historic features. It is these details that contribute to the heritage of our area and preserve the legacy of a famous local resident.

"I hope this historic property can be restored to its former glory in a way that respects Nascot’s heritage."

See the officer's full report here