Plans to build a block of nine flats in a residential street in Watford have been approved.

The proposal for King Georges Avenue was accepted despite concerns the new building would be “overbearing” for neighbours.

A pair of semi-detached homes and six garages will be demolished and replaced by a three-storey block - including five three-beds and four one-beds.

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None would be affordable but there is no requirement for any affordable housing to be provided as under 10 homes have been submitted. Each home would have a parking space.

A total of 37 objections had been received for the application.

Watford Observer: A screenshot from the planning portal of a CGI of the proposal that has been approvedA screenshot from the planning portal of a CGI of the proposal that has been approved (Image: Boyer/Watford Borough Council)

June Wilkinson, who lives in King Georges Avenue, told the borough council's planning committee last night (December 6) the flats would be “bulky” and “overbearing” on her property and others, creating an “unacceptable outlook”.

Planning agent James Doherty said the plans were of “high-quality design” that met local planning policy.

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Labour councillor Nigel Bell proposed to refuse the scheme due to its impact on neighbours.

Six Liberal Democrat councillors voted in favour of the council officer’s recommendation to approve the scheme, with Labour members abstaining.

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