Affordable housing scheme in Watford gets green light

February 22, 2017 by  

Watford Borough Council has recently approved plans for an affordable housing initiative.

The proposal of Watford Community Housing Trust (WCHT) involves the construction of a block of flats on The Brow. The idea is that retail outlets will occupy the development at ground level. Meanwhile, a hub for community use is included in the plan. All 38 apartments could be promoted by brochures from Watford.

A project manager engaged in partnership working at WCHT, Patrick O’ Sullivan, said:

“There has been a strong desire for many years amongst both the local community and the ward councillors to see major investment at The Brow, so we are very pleased to have been given the go-ahead to deliver new, modern retail facilities that will benefit existing residents as well as much-needed affordable homes.”

O’Sullivan stated that the vision behind the project had the potential to improve the area. He added that the housing shortage within Watford would be partly addressed by the development.

Watford Borough Council should be pleased with construction of affordable homes in The Brow because it will go well beyond the minimum standard, which is currently set at 35% of any new development.

Planning restrictions will limit the function of the retail units. There will also be constraints on the opening times of the retail outlets in question.