Nearly 200 homes are planned for the rest of a "beloved" allotment site.

A planning application has been submitted to Watford Borough Council for 193 new homes on the former Farm Terrace Allotments, which sits behind Vicarage Road football stadium.

The latest proposal is part of the major Riverwell development which will bring around 1,000 homes on wasteland around Watford General Hospital.

The latest plans include 148 houses ranging from two to four bedrooms, and 45 one or two-bed flats. 77 homes have been set aside as affordable - either for shared ownership, affordable rent, or social rent.

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'Site' is where 193 homes are planned. MSCP is the car park

The flats will be in an eight-storey block with a community centre on the ground floor.

The centre would house a 254-seat multi-purpose hall, youth space, a kitchen, storage, and toilets.

The homes are proposed to be set out in nine linear terraced blocks which will be separated by tree lined boulevards.

In total, 154 parking spaces would be provided alongside cycling spaces and a new roundabout would be created in Thomas Sawyer Way.

The plans include five community gardens too.

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1. Development site 2. Car park 3. Hotel 4.Public square 5. Future landscape phase 6. Central zone – flats/retail 7.Island site – shop/flats 8. School 9. Waterside development 10.Trade City 11. River Colne 12. Vicarage Rpad Stadium. 13. Watford General Hospital

The new development, if approved, would lie next to a multi-storey car park which has been given the green light. There will be more than a 1,000 parking spaces for staff and visitors at the hospital.

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The new multi-storey car park

In 2016, campaigners lost a high court battle to save the allotments. When the car park was approved, in a letter, Sara Jane Trebar from the Farm Terrace Allotment group, described the allotments as "beloved", adding the site was "vibrant, beautiful, full of nature and wildlife, and up until 2012, 90 per cent occupied" - but suggested new development would "destroy the history" of the allotments.

Watford Riverwell also includes a hotel, primary school, retirement village, and shops, alongside homes. As part of the redevelopment, there has been a major clean-up of the River Colne.

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CGI of Mayfield, the new retirement village