A planning application has been submitted to transform a yard into a care facility.

The proposal seeks to demolish two buildings in Rickmansworth town centre and build a 48 unit building of up to four-and-a-half storeys.

The facility is aimed at providing independent living for the elderly.

Planning documents state this type of 'extra care' housing should be able to provide most residents with a home for the remainder of their life regardless of changes in their care needs.

Services are provided in purpose-built, accessible accommodation, with care and support delivered to meet the individual resident’s needs. This type of housing provides 24-hour support, meals, leisure and recreation facilities.

To incorporate the proposed facility, two buildings in Beeson's Yard in Bury Lane would be knocked down.

This includes a large two-storey building known as Enterprise House as well as a warehouse.

Watford Observer: An overview of the proposed development site. Credit: Google MapsAn overview of the proposed development site. Credit: Google Maps

Planning agents Woolf Bond Planning state the proposal is "policy compliant" providing an "efficient reuse" of previously-developed land within an "established urban area with a strong community focus".

The agents add the care facility will help meet a "growing demand" for specialist care accommodation for older people.

The application will be considered by Three Rivers District Council.

Full details can be found on the council's planning portal. The reference is 21/1971/FUL.