A developer wants to knock down a factory and build nearly 100 homes in its place.

The plans to redevelop the Fleet Laboratories site in Rickmansworth Road were submitted to Watford Borough Council this week.

The applicant wants to demolish two commercial buildings near the junction with Metropolitan Station Approach and build 94 flats.

The homes would be within three blocks of five storeys and include 35 one-bed, 45 two-bed, and 14 three-bed flats.

Seven of the three-bedroom properties are proposed to be affordable, but the scheme fails to meet the council's affordable housing provision of 35 per cent. A viability assessment has been submitted which the planning agent says explains why the provision cannot be met.

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Watford Observer: The development site is outlined in red. Credit: Google MapsThe development site is outlined in red. Credit: Google Maps

The plans also include a community garden, outdoor play area, 46 parking spaces and 159 cycle spaces.

A public consultation was held at Watford Grammar School for Boys in April, which around 40 people attended.

A planning statement on behalf of applicant Dendron Properties describes the current site as "outdated and underutilised" with the plans providing an "opportunity to contribute to the building of a sustainable community”.

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The site is home to Fleet Laboratories, which operates product development and manufacturing services for the pharmaceutical and toiletry markets.

It was a trading division of DDD Ltd - DDD went into administration in 2020 before being sold to Dendron Brands, a company controlled by Phoenix Labs.

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The plans can be found on the planning portal via reference 22/00958/FULM.

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