Developer unveils plans for 190 apartments at Watford car dealership

A developer is pushing ahead with plans to build nearly 200 apartments on the site of a car dealership in Watford.

It would see Glyn Hopkin’s showroom and forecourt in Lower High Street demolished and replaced by around 190 homes.

London Square says its project aims to transform the location into a “thriving” residential community that benefits from “excellent” transport links.

Ahead of the submission of a development application to Watford Borough Council, London Square launched a public consultation to find out what people who live and work in the area think of its plans.

The development site is located on the corner of Lower High Street and Dalton Way, in what is currently a predominantly commercial area with a number of retail parks and shops.

The Glyn Hopkin car showroom. Credit: Google Street View

However, it is part of the council’s Colne Valley strategic development area, which has been earmarked for redevelopment that will deliver Watford’s housing target of around 13,000 by 2038.

Computer-generated images on the London Square consultation website show that a building of up to 10 storeys is proposed.

The developer, who is currently building 72 apartments on the site of a former BMW showroom in St Albans Road, North Watford, says he wants to build a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes.

The consultation website does not specify whether affordable housing will be included.

The proposed program includes 24 parking spaces, including 10 spaces for the disabled, and approximately 300 spaces for bicycles. London Square aims to link its development to the City Council’s ambitions to ‘transform’ Lower High Street into a ‘sustainable transport corridor’ with improved walking and cycling routes and a priority system for buses.

Watford Observer: Circled in red is the proposed redevelopment site on the corner of Lower High Street and Dalton Way.  Credit: Google MapsCircled in red is the proposed redevelopment site on the corner of Lower High Street and Dalton Way. Credit: Google Maps

London Square has sent leaflets about its consultation to 1,400 properties in Watford, according to Central Watford Lib Dem adviser Marilyn Devonish. An in-person event took place at Wellspring Church on Wednesday and an online consultation took place yesterday.

A second online consultation will take place tomorrow (Saturday 21 May) between 10 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Email [email protected] to reserve a place.

Comments can also be given on the consultation website, which went live on May 16, at www.lslowerhighstreet.co.uk

The Glyn Hopkin site, which specializes in Suzuki and Nissan vehicles, went on sale last year. the Observer announced last July that the company would obtain alternative premises to continue to serve its Watford clientele.