Developers seeking to build a 363-flat tower with 16 storeys by Watford Junction have responded to fears.

A planning application submitted to Watford Borough Council in December would see Apex House, in Bridle Path, demolished to make way for the co-living space – which would also have offices on the lower floors.

Each property in the development would be a studio apartment capable of housing two people and there would be just seven parking spaces.

The proposal is still pending consideration, but neighbours have already raised concerns during the consultation period labelling it “irresponsible” and “ridiculous” to build so many homes.

The applicant therefore submitted a response to the planning portal on Friday (May 10).

One objector, who lives in Cowper Court, said that “Watford is already suffering with increased traffic stress, pressure on local services, and general overcrowding.”

Watford Observer: Apex House would be demolished to make way for the development.Apex House would be demolished to make way for the development. (Image: Google Maps)

Meanwhile, a Harford Drive resident labelled it “yet another tower block”, criticised the size, and questioned how the studios could contribute to Watford’s housing targets.

The response highlighted that residents’ leases will prevent the use of cars and the site is in a “walkable neighbourhood” meaning it would attract people who prefer not to have a car.

It added that the height of the building has been deemed acceptable by council officers after revising it down from 18 storeys and would “enhance the character of the local area”.

Financial contributions to alleviate pressure on local services will apparently be discussed and the co-living space would equate to 202 homes for Watford’s housing target.

A Grays Mews resident believed “the standard of living would be extremely poor” and compared it to living in a hotel long-term, which would not meet the needs of families, while a Harford Drive objector asked what proof there is that the co-living concept works.

The applicant argued that the proposals would offer a more social and flexible living environment for younger people preferring or forced to rent by high house prices.

Watford Observer: CGI image showing how the development would look, from Station Road.CGI image showing how the development would look, from Station Road. (Image: Kosy Living/CKC Properties, Watford Borough Council planning portal.)

It added: “Co-living is an innovative form of housing that can offer a flexible and affordable alternative to conventional housing.

“Other co-living developments which have been approved can be seen in Brighton, Guildford, London and Manchester.

“Operational developments have proved popular for residents.”

After people questioned why only seven rooms were set up to be accessible for disabled people, the applicant said that the number of proposed accessible units was considered acceptable by officers.