Conservation areas/ listed buildings

Macdonnells Gardens Conservation Area

This character appraisal examines the proposed new conservation area at Macdonnell Gardens and describes why it is an area of special architectural and historical interest. Its purpose is to help inform the design of any future development proposals so that they enhance the area and acknowledge its features.

A draft version of this document was published for public consultation between 18 October - 18 November 2011. Comments and suggestions were invited on the draft document, and these helped to inform the revised version.

Macdonnell Gardens was designated as a new conservation area by the Watford Borough Council Cabinet on 16 January 2012.


Consultation on updated Character Appraisal

Watford Borough Council has revised this Conservation Area Appraisal for Macdonnell Gardens.

The 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.

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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