New jobs are set to be created if plans to extend a cafe at a popular attraction near Watford are given the go-ahead.

Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden (WBSL) has applied to Three Rivers District Council to extend the Backlot Cafe at its The Making of Harry Potter studio tour.

A covering letter with the application states the tour has attracted more than 16 million visitors since opening in 2012 and its popularity "has meant a sustained high level of visitor number, many of whom use the Backlot Cafe which has become an integral part of the visitor experience.

"As a result of this popularity and given the current size of the kitchen, queues are common, leading to delays in service at peak times. The size of the food production and storage area itself is a very real issue, with insufficient cold room and freezer space to meet demand in the busy periods."

It states the extension is "therefore necessary to keep up with demand and maintain the high standards required by WBSL across the Studio Tour as a whole" and that "an additional 22 full time equivalent staff will be employed as a result of these works".

Full details of the application can be read by visiting the Three Rivers District Council planning portal via this link.

Take a look through our comprehensive list below to see if any new developments are planned near to where you live.

It covers applications validated by Watford, Three Rivers and Dacorum councils in the week beginning February 5, plus those related to Aldenham, Bushey, Radlett and Watford submitted to Hertsmere Borough Council in the week ending February 4.


  • 109A St Albans Road Watford WD17 1RD. Lawful Development Certificate for change of use of the property from a 3 bed flat under use class C3 to a small House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) comprising 4no. bedrooms / 4no. occupants under use class C4. Ref. No: 24/00103/LDC
  • Ground Floor 197 St Albans Road Watford WD24 5BH. Retrospective application for the retention of Class E unit with installation of an extraction and flue to the rear of the building. Ref. No: 24/00101/FUL
  • 37 Clarendon Road Watford. Consent to display internally illuminated totem sign. Ref. No: 24/00097/ADV
  • 183 Pinner Road Watford WD19 4EP. Demolition of brick wall at front of property and erection of new front wall and new fencing to boundaries and landscaping. Ref. No: 24/00095/FULH
  • 37 Clarendon Road Watford WD17 1JA. Installation of internally illuminated totem sign. Ref. No: 24/00096/FUL
  • 5 Cole Road Watford WD17 4QR. Replacement of the existing white UPVC framed front and upper rear windows with white UPVC framed windows, and the replacement of the blue UPVC front access door with a black UPVC door. Ref. No: 24/00094/FULH
  • Woodside Playing Fields Horseshoe Lane Watford. Non - material amendment pursuant to planning permission 23/00766/FUL for The Public WC Block steel standing seam roof colour to be changed from Cottage Red to Anthracite Grey. Ref. No: 24/00098/NONMAT
  • 129 St James Road Watford WD18 0DY. Erection of single storey rear extension, loft conversion including rear dormer and velux and front rooflight. Ref. No: 24/00089/LDC
  • Chiquitos Woodside Leisure Park North Orbital Road Watford Hertfordshire WD25 7DA. Consent to display internally illuminated fascia sign, Projecting Sign, Fabric Awnings and internally illuminated menu box. Ref. No: 24/00084/ADV
  • 95 Briar Road Watford WD25 0LQ. The erection of a single storey rear extension which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 6m for which the maximum height would be 2.8m and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.8m. Ref. No: 24/00087/HPD
  • 92 Church Road Watford WD17 4PU. Erection of Single Storey Rear Extension. Ref. No: 24/00093/FULH
  • 175 St Albans Road Watford WD24 5BD. Retrospective application for rear seating area and the erection of part fixed and part retractable canopy. Ref. No: 24/00085/FUL
  • 114 Langley Way Watford WD17 3EE. Lawful Development Certificate for roof alterations including hip to gable extension, rear dormer window, three front facing roof lights and one high level side facing window. Ref. No: 24/00086/LDC
  • 5 Widgeon Way Watford WD25 9UQ. Lawful Development Certificate for Garage conversion to habitable room and internal remodelling. Ref. No: 24/00090/LDC
  • 1 Orbital Crescent Watford WD25 0HB. Notification of change of use of The Upholstery Workshop (A1) to residential (C3) & associated building works. Ref. No: 24/00082/CTR
  • 134 Woodmere Avenue Watford WD24 7LW. Demolition of the existing bungalow and construction of a pair of semi-detached houses. Each of the new semi-detached houses will comprise of a 3-bed dwelling over two storeys with a shared driveway and respective private rear gardens with associated refuse and cycle storages. Ref. No: 24/00051/FUL
  • 81 North Approach Watford WD25 0EL. Lawful Development Certificate for the proprietor to operate his business from his property. (Private Hire Operators Licence). Ref. No: 24/00050/LDC


  • Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Warner Drive Watford WD25 7LP. Extension of the existing Backlot Cafe kitchen and associated ancillary works. Ref. No: 24/0178/FUL
  • 40 Sandy Lodge Way Northwood HA6 2AS. Prior Approval: Single storey rear extension (depth 6 metres, maximum height 3 metres, maximum eaves height 3 metres). Ref. No: 24/0180/PDE
  • 12 Grovewood Close Chorleywood Rickmansworth WD3 5PU. Variation of Condition 2 (Plan Numbers), Condition 3 (Tree Protection), Condition 4 (Materials) and Condition 5 (Parking) pursuant to planning permission 21/2427/FUL (Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of replacement two storey detached dwelling with loft accommodation and associated works) to include alterations single storey rear extension; internal alterations and alterations to fenestration. Ref. No: 24/0168/FUL
  • 11 Fernhills Abbots Langley Kings Langley WD4 8PT. Retrospective: Construction of single storey front and rear extension, two storey side extension; addition of front/rear dormers with windows and front/rear rooflights. Ref. No: 24/0167/RSP
  • 32 Eastwick Crescent Mill End Rickmansworth WD3 8YJ. Certificate of Lawfulness Proposed Development: Loft conversion including hip to gable roof extension, rear dormer window, flank window and front rooflights. Ref. No: 24/0172/CLPD
  • Kashanur 23 Russell Road Moor Park Northwood HA6 2LP. Construction of first floor rear extension with rear juliet balconies; loft conversion including rear dormers with windows and rear rooflights. Ref. No: 24/0171/FUL
  • 2A Wellesley Avenue Northwood HA6 3HY. Construction of single storey rear extension and front porch extension. Ref. No: 24/0161/FUL
  • Nala 11 Lynwood Heights Rickmansworth. Discharge of Condition 5 (Boundary Details) pursuant to planning permission 22/2043/FUL. Ref. No: 24/0154/DIS
  • 82A Toms Lane Kings Langley WD4 8NL. Part retrospective: Installation of a vehicular crossover and pedestrian access, alterations and extension to driveway, boundary treatments including brick walls, railings and metal gates with associated landscaping works. Ref. No: 24/0155/RSP
  • Tweedside The Green Croxley Green Rickmansworth WD3 3HJ. Demolition of existing conservatory and construction of single storey rear extension with sedum roof and timber cladding. Ref. No: 24/0156/FUL
  • 85 Denham Way Maple Cross Rickmansworth WD3 9SL. Construction of an annexe. Ref. No: 24/0127/FUL
  • Rear Outbuildings Of 5 To 7 College Road Abbots Langley WD5 0NR. Alterations to fenestration including removal of existing shutters and doors; installation of new windows and doors, and rooflight; external materials including render. Ref. No: 24/0117/FUL
  • 35 Furze View Chorleywood Rickmansworth WD3 5HT. Alterations and extensions to roof including ridge height to create first floor level; rear juliet balconies and front gable dormer windows; alterations to external materials including render and timber cladding; internal alterations and alterations to fenestration detail. Ref. No: 24/0107/FUL
  • 3 Fullers Avenue Garston Watford WD25 9BU. Part retrospective: Construction of timber pergola structure. Ref. No: 24/0047/RSP


  • Macklers Farm Leverstock Green Road Hemel Hempstead HP2 4HL. Confirmation that foundation works carried out in 2017 constitute the development starting and planning permission 4/03460/14/FUL is therefore still valid. Ref. No: 24/00284/LDE
  • 49 Windmill Road Hemel Hempstead HP2 4BN. Loft conversion with rear dormer and two 'Velux' windows to front roof slope. Ref. No: 24/00280/LDP
  • White Oaks 1 Lane End Berkhamsted HP4 3UT. Works to trees. Ref. No: 24/00272/TPO
  • 9 Bridgewater Road Berkhamsted HP4 1HN. Works to trees. Ref. No: 24/00273/TPO
  • 74 Chiltern Park Avenue Berkhamsted HP4 1EX. Single Story rear extension measuring 3.67m deep with a maximum height of 3.62m and a maximum eaves height of 2.47m. Ref. No: 24/00274/HPA
  • 10 Roefields Close Hemel Hempstead HP3 0BZ. Construction of single storey extension to rear of existing house, internal alterations and alterations to front elevation. Ref. No: 24/00275/FHA
  • 5 - 7 Lower Kings Road Berkhamsted HP4 2AE. Display of an illuminated fascia sign affixed to the front of the restaurant premises. Ref. No: 24/00258/ADV
  • The Old Palace 83 Langley Hill Kings Langley WD4 9HQ. Fascia sign. Ref. No: 24/00267/ADV
  • 3 Evans Way Tring HP23 5UJ. Works to trees. Ref. No: 24/00265/TPO
  • 6 Myrtle Cottages Bulbourne Road Bulbourne Tring HP23 5QE. Rear facing dormer to an existing loft conversion. Ref. No: 24/00269/LDP
  • 14 Ranelagh Road Hemel Hempstead HP2 4RU. Retention of Single storey detached garden building. Ref. No: 24/00266/RET
  • Land North Of Jarman Centre Jarman Way Hemel Hempstead. Variation of legal agreement. Ref. No: 24/00262/VAR
  • Tudor Lodge Shootersway Berkhamsted HP4 3NW. Demolition of rear conservatory and construction of single storey rear extension. Ref. No: 24/00270/FHA
  • 40 Durrants Lane Northchurch Berkhamsted HP4 3PL. Installation of an energy efficient heat pump (air-to-air system/air conditioning). Ref. No: 24/00268/FHA
  • 28 Akeman Street Tring HP23 6AN. Rear infill single storey extension. Minor interior improvements and renovations to the first floor . Existing cellar basement will be tanked out and made a series of more usable spaces. Ref. No: 24/00257/FHA
  • 42 - 44A Pickford Road Markyate St Albans AL3 8RR. Roof replacement and external wall cladding. Window renewal, internal balustrade, non-slip flooring, external canopy. Ref. No: 24/00231/FUL
  • The Warren Marshcroft Lane Tring HP23 5PN. Non material amendment to planning permission 23/01183/FHA. (Amendment to external walls finish to painted sand and cement render. Amendedment to fenestration to rear elevation.) Ref. No: 24/00205/NMA
  • Rainhill Spring Stoney Lane Bovingdon Hemel Hempstead HP3 0DP. An enlarged pond, an agricultural field structure, landscaped bund and a polytunnel. Ref. No: 24/00173/FHA


  • 59 Loom Lane, Radlett, WD7 8NX. Replacement front porch with new entrance door and side windows, glass balustrade to existing rear first floor roof terrace, conversion of loft to habitable room with 2 x rear dormers, and replacement roofs to existing 6 x dormers. Replacement windows and doors, with inclusion of stone window sills. Ref. No: 24/0112/HSE
  • Memorial Hall, Grange Lane, Letchmore Heath, Watford, WD25 8DY. Replacement of 6x side windows. (Revised application). Ref. No: 24/0041/FUL
  • 89 Gills Hill Lane, Radlett, WD7 8PD. Application for a non-material amendment to allow for retention of existing render to front and rear elevations, rendering of side elevation, and changes to brickwork and fenestration materials to retain character of neighbouring properties following the grant of planning permission ref 22/1708/HSE. Ref. No: 24/0101/MA
  • 1 Grove Cottages, Hogg Lane, Elstree, Borehamwood, WD6 3AL. Construction of single storey rear extension. Depth: 4.00m, Height: 2.98m, Eaves: 2.93m. Ref. No: 24/0110/PD42
  • 52 Watford Road, Radlett, WD7 8LR. Infill of open-fronted undercroft carport to create new front entrance and additional habitable space; alterations to fenestration and internal layout. Ref. No: 24/0117/HSE
  • 43 Goodyers Avenue, Radlett, WD7 8AZ. Application for a non-material amendment to allow for external alterations to pool, pool house and steps following the grant of planning permission reference 23/0824/VOC. Ref. No: 24/0131/MA
  • Tamworth Court, Belle Vue Lane, Bushey. Part two storey part first floor extension to provide an additional one bedroom flat at first floor level including associated hard landscaping. Ref. No: 24/0104/FUL
  • 1 Hastings Way, Bushey, WD23 2JX. Application for removal of condition 3 (external materials) and variation of conditions 2 (plans) and 4 (scheme of landscaping and boundary treatments) to allow for alterations to fenestration and landscape changes to provide side access following grant of planning permission 23/0678/FUL. Ref. No: 23/1764/VOC
  • 3 James Close, Bushey, WD23 2LT. Retrospective application for installation of air conditioning unit to side elevation at first floor level. Ref. No: 24/0070/HSE
  • 4 James Close, Bushey, WD23 2LT. Retrospective application for installation of AC condensing unit to side elevation. Ref. No: 24/0111/HSE
  • 197 Little Bushey Lane, Bushey, WD23 4RX. Conversion of loft to form habitable space with rear dormer and insertion of 2 x front rooflights. Certificate of Lawful Development (Proposed). Ref. No: 23/1790/CLP
  • 197 Little Bushey Lane, Bushey, WD23 4RX. Construction of outbuilding in rear garden. Certificate of Lawful Development (Proposed). Ref. No: 23/1793/CLP
  • 1 Geddes Road, Bushey, WD23 3FL. Erection of outbuilding in rear garden to include pool and gym. Certificate of Lawful Development (Proposed). Ref. No: 24/0097/CLP
  • 51 Finch Lane, Bushey, WD23 3AJ. Part single, part two storey side extension, conversion of garage to habitable accommodation, changes to landscaping to include new front driveway with ramped access and soft landscaping works to front and rear of dwelling, alterations to fenestration. Ref. No: 24/0099/HSE
  • 1 Crabtree Close, Bushey, WD23 3BJ. Construction of front porch, two storey side extension and first floor side and rear extension, each with pitched roof. Ref. No: 24/0116/HSE