Watford Health Campus has marked another major step forward with the recent submission of two planning applications for the scheme. If the plans are given the green light, they will transform the 29 hectare site into an attractive and vibrant new community in west Watford.
The applications were finalised following extensive public engagement earlier in the year and comprise a hybrid application, which is part outline and part detailed and a separate, outline application for the Farm Terrace allotment area. The hybrid application includes:
– hospital development space
– retail and business areas
– housing areas that will support a mixture of houses and flats
– public open space including riverside walks and a new community garden
Phil Woods of Kier Project Investments Limited, a partner in the Watford Health Campus Partnership LLP, said “The Watford Health Campus partners are delighted to have submitted the planning applications. The masterplan vision reflects concepts and ideas received from stakeholders, the public and partners, since the project was conceived over ten years ago. The project team has worked hard to meet the partners’ ambitions for the scheme and create a first class vision for the area. There has been considerable support shown for the Watford Health Campus for many years and we firmly believe west Watford will benefit considerably from the scheme”.
The Watford Health Campus scheme is gaining momentum after the project team also secured a detailed planning consent in December 2013 for the construction of a new hospital blue light link road that will improve access from the M1 to Watford Hospital. Work on the new road is due to start towards the end of this year, taking around 18 months to complete.
The current applications, which include the revised masterplan for the site, can be viewed online at Watford Health Campus Planning Application (1) and Watford Health Campus Planning Application (2) Alternatively, the plans can be viewed at Watford Town Hall by visiting the Customer Services Centre. Feedback on the applications is invited until 2 May 2014.
The applications will be decided by Watford Borough Council’s Development Control committee this summer, following which, should the applications be successful, site preparation works and detailed design will commence in the autumn. Work could then start on the business areas as early as next year.