Major plans to redevelop a car showroom in Watford into flats have been formally submitted.

The proposal would see the Glyn Hopkin site at the bottom of Lower High Street replaced by a building of 193 homes.

A mixture of mostly one and two-bedroom flats are proposed, with developer London Square aiming to turn the location into a “thriving” residential community.

Watford Observer: CGI of the proposed scheme. Credit: London SquareCGI of the proposed scheme. Credit: London Square

Many of the main aspects of the submitted scheme are similar to what was presented in a public consultation earlier this year, although London Square says it is “conscious of local concerns about the perceived overdevelopment of central Watford”.

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The plans include no affordable housing. London Square says a financial viability assessment, which does not appear to be in Watford Borough Council’s planning portal at the time of publishing, says an appraisal demonstrates its scheme cannot “viably” provide any affordable homes.

Watford Observer: An initial CGI that was published of the schemeAn initial CGI that was published of the scheme

Watford Observer: The Glyn Hopkin showroom. Credit: Google MapsThe Glyn Hopkin showroom. Credit: Google Maps

There are 24 car parking spaces included and nearly 300 cycling spaces. The developer says there is “good accessibility” to other transport links.

The plans can be viewed in the portal via reference 22/00866/FULM.