Residents are being asked to share their views on Watford’s first draft Local Plan which sets out how Watford will develop up to 2036 with the right homes, infrastructure and employment opportunities that support growth.
Watford Borough Council’s Planning team have mapped the town into zones of high, medium and low sustainability in an effort to focus development where there are good transport links, infrastructure, schools and other facilities. The aim is to make the best use of the available land to deliver up to 7,500 new homes that meet the diverse needs of our growing population.
Existing employment areas in the town will be protected and enhanced to create up to 6,800 job opportunities in the future.
The first draft Local Plan reflects the 480 responses the council received from residents and the business community in an Issues and Options consultation last year. This consultation explored the issues that were important to people in the town like affordable homes, parks and green spaces, sustainable transport and community facilities.
Elected Mayor Peter Taylor said ‘The aim of the draft Plan is to make sure that as our town changes, it continues to be a great place to live, work and visit. Having a well thought through local plan in place means that we have our say on where development should be located. Otherwise, change will happen to our town in an unplanned way, with speculative development and little benefit to local community. A good local plan makes sure that decisions about the future of Watford are made here in the town and not by others.’
There are five public exhibitions which the council is urging residents and businesses to attend
- Tuesday 8th October, Oxhey Community Hall, King Edward Road, 5:30pm-7:45pm
- Saturday 12th October, Cassiobury Hub, Cassiobury Park, 11am-2pm
- Wednesday 16th October, Café West, West Watford Free Church, Tolpits Lane, 4:45pm-6:45pm
- Tuesday 22nd October, Meriden Community Centre, Garsmouth Way, 5pm-7pm
- Thursday 31st October, Watford Central Library, Hempstead Road, 4:30pm-6:45pm
Following the consultation, the draft Plan will be revised in line with the feedback received and will be published next Spring when residents and businesses again have a chance to provide comment. Then the final draft Plan will be submitted for examination to an independent inspector appointed by the Planning Inspectorate.
The first draft Plan is published today at www.watfordlocalplan.co.uk. The consultation is open until 8 November 2019.