Social housing for families to be built in Watford

Much-needed social housing for families will be created...

Published: Thursday, 4th October 2018

You can also read about ground-breaking proposals to create 17 social rent homes in Watford with parking, built on a proposed site on Raphael Drive, Watford.


Much-needed social housing for families will be created after Watford Borough Council last night (3 October) gave the green light for apartments to be built in Sydney Road, West Watford.

The new development - occupying the rundown, disused industrial area - will deliver 79 new apartments that will be available for social rent, affordable rent and shared ownership. The vast majority of the social housing will be three and four-bed, providing homes for Watford’s most in-need families.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “This scheme will help Watford meet its aspiration of increasing the supply of social housing.

“We are committed to delivering social housing to give local people permanent homes that they can afford. At a time when very little social housing is being built elsewhere, we are pleased that this partnership puts us in a position to provide homes for local families.”

The Sydney Road development will provide:

  • 35.5% of the housing is affordable, above our requirement of 35%
  • 26.6% of the affordable apartments are social housing
  • 79 affordable units
    • 21 social housing homes, with 19 (90%) three and four-bed homes.
    • 19 affordable rent units
    • 39 Shared Ownership units

The development will regenerate an unattractive piece of land and create a considerable visual and environmental improvement for the area and its surroundings. Moreover, the change from industrial to residential use will remove potential noise and disturbance from commercial activities. 

Long-standing Watford business Humphreys, which was created in 1919, is based on the site and is also set to benefit from the scheme with a move to a brand new building.

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