Conservation areas/ listed buildings

Conservation Area Appraisal Reviews

Macdonnell Gardens Conservation Area:

Consultation on updated Character Appraisal

Watford Borough Council has revised a Conservation Area  Appraisal about a historic area of the town. The Conservation Area Character Appraisal for Macdonnell Gardens detail the history of the area and describe the features that make it worthy of being a conservation area.  A consultation runs from Friday 10 November 2017 until 8 December 2017.

Comments and suggestions are invited on the draft document, and these will be used to inform the final versions.

The Macdonnell Gardens development was built in the 1930s for occupation by disabled ex-military officers. This is an unusual form of urban development and one with a strong military history that is manifested in the various related physical features – such as commemorative plaques and flags. The buildings display a strong architectural character, with many original features. The historic development is formed around an impressive central green space, lending the Gardens a notable suburban character not found elsewhere in the Borough.

The Conservation Area designations and Character Appraisals are tools which help the council to prevent development that would not be in keeping with the character of the area and carry out projects that would enhance it.

Please access links within to view the draft Macdonnell Garden Character Appraisal and the Schedule of Changes

A separate Conservation Management Plan document was adopted in 2013.

Paper copies of the draft Madonnell Garden Character Appraisal and a Schedule of proposed changes to the document can be viewed at the Town Hall, Watford Central Library and the Watford Museum. 

Comments on the document can be emailed to:

Alternatively, please address your comments to: Planning Policy, Room 65, Town Hall, Watford WD17 3EX.

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