Controversial plans to demolish a house and turn it into five flats have moved ahead.

Demolishing the house, at 78 High Road, Leavesden, drew 11 objections from neighbours raising concerns of including overdevelopment, loss of light, and loss of privacy.

The latest application, submitted by developer New Agenda this week, follows an earlier decision which granted permission in March, subject to approval of "reserved matters".

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These were access and landscaping, which were not included in the original plan, but have now been addressed.

In February last year, a plan to demolish the house had been refused partly for being of "poor design" and having "poor quality of accommodation".

Watford Observer: 78 High Road Leavesden. Picture: Google Street View78 High Road Leavesden. Picture: Google Street View (Image: Google Street View)In the decision conditionally granting permission, the planning officer said: “The proposed development is in keeping with the character and appearance of the area, will provide a good quality of accommodation for future residents and will have no significant adverse impact on the adjoining properties.

However, multiple public comments separately claim the application, which includes six parking spaces, merely “tinkers with the issues”.

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