Watford Borough Council and Watford Community Housing are working together on plans for the delivery of much-needed social housing in Watford through the redevelopment of Centrepoint Community Centre
Watford Borough Council and Watford Community Housing are working together on plans for the delivery of much-needed social housing in Watford through the redevelopment of Centrepoint Community Centre.
They are now asking for feedback on plans to include a community space and a local shop as part of the development.
The project, which is planning to deliver 17 new social housing homes along with parking, will give 1 in 10 Watford families currently in temporary accommodation a permanent home.
Whilst the planning consultation on the proposals for the social housing development will be led by Watford Community Housing separately over the next couple of months, this engagement gives local residents the chance to give their feedback on what kind of community space and local shop could be included in the Centrepoint development. Simply head to plansforcentrepoint.co.uk from 31 October to 9 December to have your say.
You can also attend two drop-in sessions at Centrepoint Community Centre on Thursday 15 November (10am-12noon and 5pm-7pm) where you can learn more about the plans and give your feedback on the community space and local shop.
Elected Mayor Peter Taylor said: “I am determined that Watford can be a town for everyone. One of my manifesto commitments was to work with Watford Community Housing to set up our own house building company to build homes for Watford families that need them the most. I’m really proud that this scheme gives us the opportunity to do just that.
“This scheme would provide 3-4 bedroom homes for families currently without a permanent roof over their heads. Although the numbers of families living in temporary accommodation is falling, it’s still far too high and I want more schemes like this to bring that number down even further.
“It’s really important that local residents can have their say about these plans. Make sure you get involved.”
Tina Barnard, chief executive of Watford Community Housing, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Watford Borough Council to deliver much-needed social housing, giving people permanent homes that they can afford. We want to make sure that the proposals also meet the needs of the community, so we would encourage all local residents to give us feedback to help us understand how you use the existing facilities and what you would like to see incorporated into the development.”
Whilst this is the best way to shape the proposals for the community facilities and to give some initial feedback on the plans, the scheme will have to go through a statutory planning process, just like any other development. This planning consultation will take place once the plans have been submitted to the council, which is currently expected to be just before Christmas. The planning consultation is when residents can respond to the final plans for the site, including the design of the homes and how well people think they fit into the area.