Watford Gateway Strategic Development Area

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Support

Watford Final Draft Local Plan 2018-2036

Representation ID: 2009

Received: 15/03/2021

Respondent: Network Rail

Agent: Network Rail

Representation Summary:

Network Rail supports the Council’s proposals in relation to the Watford Gateway Strategic Development Area. Network Rail owns a large area of land within the Watford Gateway and recognises the benefits of making more effective use of the land by introducing new employment, office and residential development to the area as well as the need to improve accessibility and permeability of the wider area, and around Watford Junction Station, which is a key transport hub.
The station and interchange will play a key role in unlocking and facilitating the development potential of the area, and therefore it is necessary to ensure that the station, interchange and associated facilities are fit for purpose. Network Rail is working in partnership to bring forward enhancements for Watford Junction Station as part of its Putting Passengers First programme including the potential option to relocate station car parking to the east of the Abbey line.
Network Rail acknowledges that enhancements to routes from Colonial Way will improve the overall connectivity of the area and improve pedestrian links to the station from the north. Network Rail supports proposals set out in site allocation EM05 Land at Colonial / Clive Way and within the Infrastructure Delivery Plan and Schedules and recommends including the protection and safeguarding of infrastructure developments to improve Clive Way to support the wider objectives of the Watford Gateway Strategic Development Area. These proposals will improve vehicular and pedestrian access to the station from the north, supporting modal shift, and to the land and sites to the east of Watford Junction Station, without which the potential of these sites may not be properly realised.

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Comment

Watford Final Draft Local Plan 2018-2036

Representation ID: 2071

Received: 12/03/2021

Respondent: Aggregate Industries UK Ltd

Agent: Firstplan Ltd

Representation Summary:

The Final Draft WLP currently fails to identify the safeguarded facility on the Policies Map. All that is provided is highly simplified diagrammatic representation on Figure 2.2 (page 24) of the Plan which does not in any way define the extent of the site or its relationship with proposed Site Allocations that currently adjoin and include part of the safeguarded site.

Comment

Watford Final Draft Local Plan 2018-2036

Representation ID: 2073

Received: 12/03/2021

Respondent: Aggregate Industries UK Ltd

Agent: Firstplan Ltd

Representation Summary:

There is limited referencing or provision of context in respect of the safeguarded rail aggregates depot and CBP within the draft WLP. Paragraph 2.14 and 2.15 provide the first introduction to the facility albeit to a limited degree only. In particular paragraph 2.15 is not sufficiently clear and gives the impression that there is potential for relocation of the facility. As already confirmed AI are clear that there is very limited if any prospect of relocation of their facility.

Comment

Watford Final Draft Local Plan 2018-2036

Representation ID: 2101

Received: 18/03/2021

Respondent: Hertfordshire County Council

Agent: Hertfordshire County Council

Representation Summary:

Minerals & Waste Planning. The text within this paragraph regarding the safeguarding of the concrete batching plant at Orphanage Road within the current Minerals Local Plan is supported, along with the statement saying that its relocation will only be supported where a suitable alternative location has been found. It should be noted that the county council is intending to safeguard this site in the revised Minerals Local Plan and has provisionally done so in the proposed submission draft, published in January 2019.

Comment

Watford Final Draft Local Plan 2018-2036

Representation ID: 2102

Received: 18/03/2021

Respondent: Hertfordshire County Council

Agent: Hertfordshire County Council

Representation Summary:

5.8 Children’s Services: (Early Childhood Services). The Watford Gateway Strategic Development Area includes the station car park where The Co-operative Childcare Watford Junction is located. The paragraph states that “as part of the redevelopment of the area, a childcare facility should be re-provided.” This is also listed as a requirement under Strategic Policy CDA2.1.
5.9 To date, very little childcare is located in this area. A minimum requirement would be for this childcare facility to be re-modelled and extended to meet the new demand in the area. Ideally, another childcare facility would be created as well as extending the existing provision in the locality if possible. However, there is a requirement under Strategic Policy CDA2.1 for a new Primary school and this will cover the nursery class need for this area.