Development is a hot topic in Watford and more is inevitably on the way as developers continue to submit housing plans across the town.

And areas near Watford, such as the green belt, have also been eyed up, with some applications coming forward before councils finalise important local plans.

The Watford Observer has rounded up seven key planning applications that are pending and awaiting a decision.

Glyn Hopkin car showroom

Last month, plans were submitted for 193 flats on the site of the Glyn Hopkin dealership on the corner of Lower High Street and Dalton Way in Watford.

Applicant London Square aims to demolish the showroom and turn the area into a “thriving” residential area of one and two-bed homes.

Read more: Plans to build more than 190 flats at car dealership submitted

Watford Observer: CGI of flats on site of Glyn Hopkin showroom. Credit: London SquareCGI of flats on site of Glyn Hopkin showroom. Credit: London Square

Clarendon Road

In the spring, we saw a proposal for a tower rising to 24 storeys on the site of the former TJX headquarters.

The building is empty after TJX moved into a new headquarters opposite Watford Junction.

The tower would deliver 247 one and two-bed homes available for rent along with 4,800sq m of office space.

Read more: 24 storey tower submitted on old TJX site in Clarendon Road

Watford Observer: A CGI of the proposal in Clarendon Road. Credit: Vendose LtdA CGI of the proposal in Clarendon Road. Credit: Vendose Ltd

The Parade

On July 26, Watford Borough Council turned down plans for 147 homes in The Parade.

It would result in the demolition of an existing building that is home to a number of businesses including Pryzm nightclub.

Despite the rejection, it was apparent the applicant plans to make changes to its scheme in a bid to secure planning permission.

The owner of the building has already stated existing tenants have been told to leave by the end of January 2023.

Read more: Plans for homes at Pryzm rejected

Watford Observer: CGI of the proposal in The Parade. Credit: Dwyer Asset ManagementCGI of the proposal in The Parade. Credit: Dwyer Asset Management

Rickmansworth Road

The latest major application to be submitted in Watford is to demolish the Fleet Laboratories factory in Rickmansworth Road and build 94 homes in its place.

The flats would be in the form of three blocks of five storeys.

Watford Observer: The development site in Rickmansworth Road. Credit: Google Street ViewThe development site in Rickmansworth Road. Credit: Google Street View

Read more: Plans to demolish Watford factory for nearly 100 flats

Harts Farm

Away from Watford, there have been plans submitted for 310 homes at Harts Farm in Bushey.

The green belt land in Little Bushey Lane also includes the potential for a school with a planning statement submitted to Hertsmere Borough Council claiming the application will deliver “much needed” housing for the area.

Watford Observer: Harts Farm development site. Credit: Google MapsHarts Farm development site. Credit: Google Maps

Read more: Plans for up to 310 homes and school at Harts Farm

Rectory Farm

A total of 55 homes are being built and now there are plans to build a further 135 at Rectory Farm in Kings Langley.

A mixture of houses and flats are proposed on the green belt land in Hempstead Road along with community facilities.

Read more: Plans for 135 homes at Rectory Farm in Kings Langley submitted

Watford Observer: Rectory Farm CGI. Credit: Angle Property/Cala HomesRectory Farm CGI. Credit: Angle Property/Cala Homes

Warner Bros Studios

Earlier this year, Warner Bros Studios submitted expansion plans for its site in Leavesden.

The construction of 11 new stages and four production buildings is designed to cope with an "increasing global demand for high quality film and television content".

The filmmaker also wants to make a backlot used for outdoor filming permanent and says the proposal has been driven by the "need" for additional studio facilities.

Read more: Warner Bros submits major expansion plans at Leavesden studios

Watford Observer: A screenshot of the masterplan by Warner Bros. In colour is proposed new areas of the site and greyed out within the blue lines is the existing studio facilities and boundary. Credit: Warner BrosA screenshot of the masterplan by Warner Bros. In colour is proposed new areas of the site and greyed out within the blue lines is the existing studio facilities and boundary. Credit: Warner Bros

 

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