Conservation Area Appraisal Reviews
Macdonnell Gardens Conservation Area
Watford Borough Council is currently reviewing the MacDonnell Gardens Conservation Area Appraisal. The Appraisal details the history of the area and describes the features that contribute towards the its historic interest. A consultation was undertaken from Friday 10 November 2017 to 8 December 2017. This consultation has now closed and the Council are considering changes to the document.
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.
Further information is available in the Watford Conservation Areas Management Plan Supplementary Planning Document (2013). This provides guidance about new development in Conservations Areas and how their heritage value will be protected.