Funding is believed to have fallen through for plans to transform a garage site into move-on homes for former rough sleepers in Watford.

Councillors were set to discuss the possible funding of redeveloping the Balmoral Road Garage site in North Watford in a cabinet meeting on Monday, but during the meeting, the agenda was set aside and not discussed.

The project was dependent on a £2,588,667 bid from Home England, with more than £1 million funding from One YMCA and £291,000 funding from the council.

It is understood that the bid from Home England fell through, meaning the council will need to revisit the idea and the proposal will not go forward at this time.

The proposal suggested that 15 one-bedroom homes could be built at the site to accommodate former rough sleepers who were assisted through Watford’s Single Homeless Pathway.

Had it been approved, there could have been 11 parking spaces implemented, and the homes could have been used for single people on low incomes if no longer needed for ex-rough sleepers.

The proposed site has been vacant since 2017, with garages already demolished. There are currently 300 bed spaces to help with supported accommodation for rough sleepers and other vulnerable groups in Watford.

There are also 34 similar units being built at One YMCA’s Charter House. The council received a separate £581,817 government grant to support rough sleepers.