Another floor could be built at a block of flats under newly proposed plans.

Yesterday (November 14), plans to construct an additional story at 103 to 114 Courtlands Close, in North Watford, were submitted to Watford Borough Council.

The added floor would be made up of four two-person one-bedroom flats. According to planning documents, its design and colour would mimic the existing building, with the exterior windows in the same places.

The development itself would be car-free, but the plan highlights there is excess capacity in the block's existing parking spaces at the front.

Adding up to two additional floors to existing flats (of at least two storeys) can be classified as permitted development and the flats were proposed as such.Watford Observer: The flats, next to the A41 in North Watford.The flats, next to the A41 in North Watford. (Image: Google Maps)

Permitted development rights allow changes to be made to buildings and use of land without needing formal planning permission, but the council has to agree that it fulfils the criteria.

The cover letter for the application said that there would be “no adverse impact on the amenity” of the existing building or neighbouring premises as a result, and added “we consider the additional storey to be a proportionate addition to this three-storey detached block”.

Watford Observer: The flats in Courtlands CloseThe flats in Courtlands Close (Image: Google Street View)