New retail units close to the controversial Eight Gardens development have been put on the market.

The Berkeley Homes scheme, off St Albans Road, was granted planning permission three years ago, and allowed for 1,214 residential units across 11 buildings - including towers of 28, 24, and 22 storeys.

Now, a 1,569 sq. ft unit at 149 St Albans Road has been listed on the market by Brasier Freeth for £30,000 per year, having previously been used as a marketing suite.

"The subject unit was until recently used as a marketing suite and forms part of the ground floor of a newly built residential 10 storey tower," the listing reads.

"Constructed to a 'developers shell' specification, the premises enjoy a flexible planning consent and would lend themselves to a wide variety of uses such as retail, showroom, professional services or health and fitness.

"The premises are situated to the southern end of St Albans Road, an arterial route that connects Watford Town Centre to the A41 and occupied by a variety of national multiple and local independent traders."

The Eight Gardens development is a controversial one, and recent plans to add 75 more flats were described as "brazen" and "laughable" by resident.

Berkeley Homes defended the decision, with a spokesperson saying: "Following the government’s ongoing consultation, we have submitted an application to amend our Phase 2 proposals as a direct response to the evolving building design standards, fire safety guidance and changing housing market.

"The amendments include moderate height increases to buildings N3 and N4 to facilitate the delivery of second stair cores in all Phase 2 residential buildings, 75 new homes of which 42 will be affordable, the delivery of new residential amenity spaces and an increase in the number of family homes being delivered for Watford."

They encouraged those looking for information on the proposals to contact the Berkeley Homes team on 0800 772 0475 or to visit the project website.