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Watford Junction Draft Development Brief 2016

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief

Representation ID: 587

Received: 03/10/2016

Respondent: TJX Europe

Agent: Savills

Representation Summary:

Supportive of the principles of the WJDDB and its objective to deliver a mixed use neighbourhood

Full text:

We write on behalf of our client, TJX Europe Limited, to provide formal representations to the Watford Junction Draft Development Brief ('WJDDB').
These representations are submitted in accordance with the prescribed timetable for consultation which expires on Monday 03 October 2016.
As officers of the Local Planning Authority ('LPA') are aware, TJX Europe Limited is currently engaged in formal pre-application discussions in respect of significant development on land to the south of the Masterplan area.
The proposed development at the northern end of Clarendon Road includes the creation of approximately 25,000 sq. m of new office floorspace (Class B1) and a series of associated physical works to link two existing buildings. The intention is to create a new office campus facility that will become the company's European head quarters and meet its requirements now and in the future.
TJX Europe Limited is proposing to make a significant investment into Watford, in terms of both capital expenditure and its staff, and is keen to engage proactively with the formulation and delivery of local planning policy.
In summary, the Company is supportive of the principles of the WJDDB and its objective to deliver a mixed use neighbourhood. Watford has significant aspirations and requirements to grow over the period of the Core Strategy and the area around Watford Junction station is considered to be one of the main opportunities to accommodate a range of uses.
Below we provide some more detailed comments on The Masterplan and its vision, objectives and site principles.
The Masterplan
Chapter Two of the WJDDB sets out the overall masterplan for the area, including the area-wide vision and principles, land uses, building heights, and car parking.
We comment on each of these main issues below.
Vision and Objectives
The WJDDB sets out six overarching objectives for the area.
Objective 1 states:
Create a new and improved major transport interchange, which encourages the use of multi-modal public transport and provides adequate station car parking.
The creation of an improved transport interchange will not only have positive impacts on the defined Masterplan area, but also the town as a whole. It will help to deliver wider economic growth and serve the anticipated growth in population.
Improving accessibility to the area by sustainable modes of transport will have positive impacts upon local traffic flows, air quality, and will increase the desirability of the area for businesses looking to locate there.
Objective 6 states:
Improve the built and environmental quality of Watford Junction as a place to live and as a landmark gateway to the town centre and Watford as a whole.
Watford Junction station is one of the principal gateways to the town and the objective to make this a 'landmark gateway' is strongly supported.
Improving the quality of the built form will assist in attracting further investment and businesses to Watford as well as having social and other benefits for residents and visitors.
Site Wide Principles
In respect of scale and massing, the document acknowledges that there will need to be a change in the scale of the built form in Watford in order to accommodate the growth in population and the required increase in commercial and employment floorspace.
The Masterplan states that the highest buildings should be located close to the train station, and then step down away from that area to blend in with the surrounding area. This accords with the principles of good design and is strongly supported.
Grouping the tallest buildings around the commercial hub of the station will lessen the visual impact of new development and protect the established key views and vistas. Furthermore, the train station is one of the most accessible locations and therefore dense development in this location accords with the overarching objectives to deliver sustainable forms of development.
The Core Strategy also identifies a requirement for the creation of approximately 80,000 sq. m of additional Class B floorspace by 2030. The local policy framework also identifies Clarendon Road as the preferred location for office floorspace within the town. It is anticipated that to meet the requirements in terms of new employment positions1 there is going to be significant development along Clarendon Road over the plan period. The established built form, including building heights, is anticipated to evolve and this can align with the principles set out in the Masterplan with height focussed around the station.
Illustrative Masterplan
The Illustrative Masterplan sets out the following approximate floor areas for acceptable land uses:
1 Between 3,500 - 4,200 are expected to be provided within the town centre area by 2030.
 Residential - 2,777 units
 Employment - 73,920 sq. m
 Retail - 6,135 sq. m
 Gym - 789 sq. m
 School - 2 x 3,000 sq. m
 Community - 1,883 sq. m
 Car Parking - 3,771 sq. m
In respect of the employment floor space, the masterplan envisages 73,920 sq. m can be accommodated on the site2.
It is a policy objective of the LPA within Policy EMP1 of the Watford Core Strategy to provide at least 7,000 additional jobs up to 2031. We therefore agree that the masterplan should incorporate a significant proportion of employment floorspace to help meet the wider Watford requirement.
Similarly to the objective for buildings heights above, the promotion of employment uses will have knock-on positive consequences for the wider area, especially Clarendon Road, as it will confirm the status of that corridor as an office location.
Summary and Conclusion
In summary, we support the main objectives and principles for development within the WJDDB area.
In particular, we support the principle of promoting a mix of commercial and residential uses. This will help to create a vibrant and successful area that meets the requirements of both businesses and residents.
We also strongly support the principle of making Watford Junction train station a landmark gateway, which will help to regenerate the wider area outside of the Masterplan area. Focussing taller buildings around the train station is also a principle we support, especially given it is the most accessible location and it will help to protect established views.
We trust these comments will be taken into consideration in the production of the WJDDB. We also request that we are kept informed about progress of the document, and notified when the next stage of consultation will take place. I look forward to receiving confirmation to this effect.

Comment

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief 2016

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief

Representation ID: 713

Received: 03/10/2016

Respondent: TJX Europe

Agent: Savills

Representation Summary:

States that improving accessibility to the area by sustainable modes of transport will have positive impacts for the town as a whole.

Full text:

We write on behalf of our client, TJX Europe Limited, to provide formal representations to the Watford Junction Draft Development Brief ('WJDDB').
These representations are submitted in accordance with the prescribed timetable for consultation which expires on Monday 03 October 2016.
As officers of the Local Planning Authority ('LPA') are aware, TJX Europe Limited is currently engaged in formal pre-application discussions in respect of significant development on land to the south of the Masterplan area.
The proposed development at the northern end of Clarendon Road includes the creation of approximately 25,000 sq. m of new office floorspace (Class B1) and a series of associated physical works to link two existing buildings. The intention is to create a new office campus facility that will become the company's European head quarters and meet its requirements now and in the future.
TJX Europe Limited is proposing to make a significant investment into Watford, in terms of both capital expenditure and its staff, and is keen to engage proactively with the formulation and delivery of local planning policy.
In summary, the Company is supportive of the principles of the WJDDB and its objective to deliver a mixed use neighbourhood. Watford has significant aspirations and requirements to grow over the period of the Core Strategy and the area around Watford Junction station is considered to be one of the main opportunities to accommodate a range of uses.
Below we provide some more detailed comments on The Masterplan and its vision, objectives and site principles.
The Masterplan
Chapter Two of the WJDDB sets out the overall masterplan for the area, including the area-wide vision and principles, land uses, building heights, and car parking.
We comment on each of these main issues below.
Vision and Objectives
The WJDDB sets out six overarching objectives for the area.
Objective 1 states:
Create a new and improved major transport interchange, which encourages the use of multi-modal public transport and provides adequate station car parking.
The creation of an improved transport interchange will not only have positive impacts on the defined Masterplan area, but also the town as a whole. It will help to deliver wider economic growth and serve the anticipated growth in population.
Improving accessibility to the area by sustainable modes of transport will have positive impacts upon local traffic flows, air quality, and will increase the desirability of the area for businesses looking to locate there.
Objective 6 states:
Improve the built and environmental quality of Watford Junction as a place to live and as a landmark gateway to the town centre and Watford as a whole.
Watford Junction station is one of the principal gateways to the town and the objective to make this a 'landmark gateway' is strongly supported.
Improving the quality of the built form will assist in attracting further investment and businesses to Watford as well as having social and other benefits for residents and visitors.
Site Wide Principles
In respect of scale and massing, the document acknowledges that there will need to be a change in the scale of the built form in Watford in order to accommodate the growth in population and the required increase in commercial and employment floorspace.
The Masterplan states that the highest buildings should be located close to the train station, and then step down away from that area to blend in with the surrounding area. This accords with the principles of good design and is strongly supported.
Grouping the tallest buildings around the commercial hub of the station will lessen the visual impact of new development and protect the established key views and vistas. Furthermore, the train station is one of the most accessible locations and therefore dense development in this location accords with the overarching objectives to deliver sustainable forms of development.
The Core Strategy also identifies a requirement for the creation of approximately 80,000 sq. m of additional Class B floorspace by 2030. The local policy framework also identifies Clarendon Road as the preferred location for office floorspace within the town. It is anticipated that to meet the requirements in terms of new employment positions1 there is going to be significant development along Clarendon Road over the plan period. The established built form, including building heights, is anticipated to evolve and this can align with the principles set out in the Masterplan with height focussed around the station.
Illustrative Masterplan
The Illustrative Masterplan sets out the following approximate floor areas for acceptable land uses:
1 Between 3,500 - 4,200 are expected to be provided within the town centre area by 2030.
 Residential - 2,777 units
 Employment - 73,920 sq. m
 Retail - 6,135 sq. m
 Gym - 789 sq. m
 School - 2 x 3,000 sq. m
 Community - 1,883 sq. m
 Car Parking - 3,771 sq. m
In respect of the employment floor space, the masterplan envisages 73,920 sq. m can be accommodated on the site2.
It is a policy objective of the LPA within Policy EMP1 of the Watford Core Strategy to provide at least 7,000 additional jobs up to 2031. We therefore agree that the masterplan should incorporate a significant proportion of employment floorspace to help meet the wider Watford requirement.
Similarly to the objective for buildings heights above, the promotion of employment uses will have knock-on positive consequences for the wider area, especially Clarendon Road, as it will confirm the status of that corridor as an office location.
Summary and Conclusion
In summary, we support the main objectives and principles for development within the WJDDB area.
In particular, we support the principle of promoting a mix of commercial and residential uses. This will help to create a vibrant and successful area that meets the requirements of both businesses and residents.
We also strongly support the principle of making Watford Junction train station a landmark gateway, which will help to regenerate the wider area outside of the Masterplan area. Focussing taller buildings around the train station is also a principle we support, especially given it is the most accessible location and it will help to protect established views.
We trust these comments will be taken into consideration in the production of the WJDDB. We also request that we are kept informed about progress of the document, and notified when the next stage of consultation will take place. I look forward to receiving confirmation to this effect.

Support

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief 2016

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief

Representation ID: 714

Received: 03/10/2016

Respondent: TJX Europe

Agent: Savills

Representation Summary:

Objective to make Watford Junction a landmark gateway is strongly supported.

Full text:

We write on behalf of our client, TJX Europe Limited, to provide formal representations to the Watford Junction Draft Development Brief ('WJDDB').
These representations are submitted in accordance with the prescribed timetable for consultation which expires on Monday 03 October 2016.
As officers of the Local Planning Authority ('LPA') are aware, TJX Europe Limited is currently engaged in formal pre-application discussions in respect of significant development on land to the south of the Masterplan area.
The proposed development at the northern end of Clarendon Road includes the creation of approximately 25,000 sq. m of new office floorspace (Class B1) and a series of associated physical works to link two existing buildings. The intention is to create a new office campus facility that will become the company's European head quarters and meet its requirements now and in the future.
TJX Europe Limited is proposing to make a significant investment into Watford, in terms of both capital expenditure and its staff, and is keen to engage proactively with the formulation and delivery of local planning policy.
In summary, the Company is supportive of the principles of the WJDDB and its objective to deliver a mixed use neighbourhood. Watford has significant aspirations and requirements to grow over the period of the Core Strategy and the area around Watford Junction station is considered to be one of the main opportunities to accommodate a range of uses.
Below we provide some more detailed comments on The Masterplan and its vision, objectives and site principles.
The Masterplan
Chapter Two of the WJDDB sets out the overall masterplan for the area, including the area-wide vision and principles, land uses, building heights, and car parking.
We comment on each of these main issues below.
Vision and Objectives
The WJDDB sets out six overarching objectives for the area.
Objective 1 states:
Create a new and improved major transport interchange, which encourages the use of multi-modal public transport and provides adequate station car parking.
The creation of an improved transport interchange will not only have positive impacts on the defined Masterplan area, but also the town as a whole. It will help to deliver wider economic growth and serve the anticipated growth in population.
Improving accessibility to the area by sustainable modes of transport will have positive impacts upon local traffic flows, air quality, and will increase the desirability of the area for businesses looking to locate there.
Objective 6 states:
Improve the built and environmental quality of Watford Junction as a place to live and as a landmark gateway to the town centre and Watford as a whole.
Watford Junction station is one of the principal gateways to the town and the objective to make this a 'landmark gateway' is strongly supported.
Improving the quality of the built form will assist in attracting further investment and businesses to Watford as well as having social and other benefits for residents and visitors.
Site Wide Principles
In respect of scale and massing, the document acknowledges that there will need to be a change in the scale of the built form in Watford in order to accommodate the growth in population and the required increase in commercial and employment floorspace.
The Masterplan states that the highest buildings should be located close to the train station, and then step down away from that area to blend in with the surrounding area. This accords with the principles of good design and is strongly supported.
Grouping the tallest buildings around the commercial hub of the station will lessen the visual impact of new development and protect the established key views and vistas. Furthermore, the train station is one of the most accessible locations and therefore dense development in this location accords with the overarching objectives to deliver sustainable forms of development.
The Core Strategy also identifies a requirement for the creation of approximately 80,000 sq. m of additional Class B floorspace by 2030. The local policy framework also identifies Clarendon Road as the preferred location for office floorspace within the town. It is anticipated that to meet the requirements in terms of new employment positions1 there is going to be significant development along Clarendon Road over the plan period. The established built form, including building heights, is anticipated to evolve and this can align with the principles set out in the Masterplan with height focussed around the station.
Illustrative Masterplan
The Illustrative Masterplan sets out the following approximate floor areas for acceptable land uses:
1 Between 3,500 - 4,200 are expected to be provided within the town centre area by 2030.
 Residential - 2,777 units
 Employment - 73,920 sq. m
 Retail - 6,135 sq. m
 Gym - 789 sq. m
 School - 2 x 3,000 sq. m
 Community - 1,883 sq. m
 Car Parking - 3,771 sq. m
In respect of the employment floor space, the masterplan envisages 73,920 sq. m can be accommodated on the site2.
It is a policy objective of the LPA within Policy EMP1 of the Watford Core Strategy to provide at least 7,000 additional jobs up to 2031. We therefore agree that the masterplan should incorporate a significant proportion of employment floorspace to help meet the wider Watford requirement.
Similarly to the objective for buildings heights above, the promotion of employment uses will have knock-on positive consequences for the wider area, especially Clarendon Road, as it will confirm the status of that corridor as an office location.
Summary and Conclusion
In summary, we support the main objectives and principles for development within the WJDDB area.
In particular, we support the principle of promoting a mix of commercial and residential uses. This will help to create a vibrant and successful area that meets the requirements of both businesses and residents.
We also strongly support the principle of making Watford Junction train station a landmark gateway, which will help to regenerate the wider area outside of the Masterplan area. Focussing taller buildings around the train station is also a principle we support, especially given it is the most accessible location and it will help to protect established views.
We trust these comments will be taken into consideration in the production of the WJDDB. We also request that we are kept informed about progress of the document, and notified when the next stage of consultation will take place. I look forward to receiving confirmation to this effect.

Support

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief 2016

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief

Representation ID: 715

Received: 03/10/2016

Respondent: TJX Europe

Agent: Savills

Representation Summary:

The principles that see the highest buildings close to the train station is good design and is strongly supported

Full text:

We write on behalf of our client, TJX Europe Limited, to provide formal representations to the Watford Junction Draft Development Brief ('WJDDB').
These representations are submitted in accordance with the prescribed timetable for consultation which expires on Monday 03 October 2016.
As officers of the Local Planning Authority ('LPA') are aware, TJX Europe Limited is currently engaged in formal pre-application discussions in respect of significant development on land to the south of the Masterplan area.
The proposed development at the northern end of Clarendon Road includes the creation of approximately 25,000 sq. m of new office floorspace (Class B1) and a series of associated physical works to link two existing buildings. The intention is to create a new office campus facility that will become the company's European head quarters and meet its requirements now and in the future.
TJX Europe Limited is proposing to make a significant investment into Watford, in terms of both capital expenditure and its staff, and is keen to engage proactively with the formulation and delivery of local planning policy.
In summary, the Company is supportive of the principles of the WJDDB and its objective to deliver a mixed use neighbourhood. Watford has significant aspirations and requirements to grow over the period of the Core Strategy and the area around Watford Junction station is considered to be one of the main opportunities to accommodate a range of uses.
Below we provide some more detailed comments on The Masterplan and its vision, objectives and site principles.
The Masterplan
Chapter Two of the WJDDB sets out the overall masterplan for the area, including the area-wide vision and principles, land uses, building heights, and car parking.
We comment on each of these main issues below.
Vision and Objectives
The WJDDB sets out six overarching objectives for the area.
Objective 1 states:
Create a new and improved major transport interchange, which encourages the use of multi-modal public transport and provides adequate station car parking.
The creation of an improved transport interchange will not only have positive impacts on the defined Masterplan area, but also the town as a whole. It will help to deliver wider economic growth and serve the anticipated growth in population.
Improving accessibility to the area by sustainable modes of transport will have positive impacts upon local traffic flows, air quality, and will increase the desirability of the area for businesses looking to locate there.
Objective 6 states:
Improve the built and environmental quality of Watford Junction as a place to live and as a landmark gateway to the town centre and Watford as a whole.
Watford Junction station is one of the principal gateways to the town and the objective to make this a 'landmark gateway' is strongly supported.
Improving the quality of the built form will assist in attracting further investment and businesses to Watford as well as having social and other benefits for residents and visitors.
Site Wide Principles
In respect of scale and massing, the document acknowledges that there will need to be a change in the scale of the built form in Watford in order to accommodate the growth in population and the required increase in commercial and employment floorspace.
The Masterplan states that the highest buildings should be located close to the train station, and then step down away from that area to blend in with the surrounding area. This accords with the principles of good design and is strongly supported.
Grouping the tallest buildings around the commercial hub of the station will lessen the visual impact of new development and protect the established key views and vistas. Furthermore, the train station is one of the most accessible locations and therefore dense development in this location accords with the overarching objectives to deliver sustainable forms of development.
The Core Strategy also identifies a requirement for the creation of approximately 80,000 sq. m of additional Class B floorspace by 2030. The local policy framework also identifies Clarendon Road as the preferred location for office floorspace within the town. It is anticipated that to meet the requirements in terms of new employment positions1 there is going to be significant development along Clarendon Road over the plan period. The established built form, including building heights, is anticipated to evolve and this can align with the principles set out in the Masterplan with height focussed around the station.
Illustrative Masterplan
The Illustrative Masterplan sets out the following approximate floor areas for acceptable land uses:
1 Between 3,500 - 4,200 are expected to be provided within the town centre area by 2030.
 Residential - 2,777 units
 Employment - 73,920 sq. m
 Retail - 6,135 sq. m
 Gym - 789 sq. m
 School - 2 x 3,000 sq. m
 Community - 1,883 sq. m
 Car Parking - 3,771 sq. m
In respect of the employment floor space, the masterplan envisages 73,920 sq. m can be accommodated on the site2.
It is a policy objective of the LPA within Policy EMP1 of the Watford Core Strategy to provide at least 7,000 additional jobs up to 2031. We therefore agree that the masterplan should incorporate a significant proportion of employment floorspace to help meet the wider Watford requirement.
Similarly to the objective for buildings heights above, the promotion of employment uses will have knock-on positive consequences for the wider area, especially Clarendon Road, as it will confirm the status of that corridor as an office location.
Summary and Conclusion
In summary, we support the main objectives and principles for development within the WJDDB area.
In particular, we support the principle of promoting a mix of commercial and residential uses. This will help to create a vibrant and successful area that meets the requirements of both businesses and residents.
We also strongly support the principle of making Watford Junction train station a landmark gateway, which will help to regenerate the wider area outside of the Masterplan area. Focussing taller buildings around the train station is also a principle we support, especially given it is the most accessible location and it will help to protect established views.
We trust these comments will be taken into consideration in the production of the WJDDB. We also request that we are kept informed about progress of the document, and notified when the next stage of consultation will take place. I look forward to receiving confirmation to this effect.

Support

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief 2016

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief

Representation ID: 716

Received: 03/10/2016

Respondent: TJX Europe

Agent: Savills

Representation Summary:

Agree that the masterplan should incorporate a significant proportion of employment floorspace to help meet the wider Watford requirement.

Full text:

We write on behalf of our client, TJX Europe Limited, to provide formal representations to the Watford Junction Draft Development Brief ('WJDDB').
These representations are submitted in accordance with the prescribed timetable for consultation which expires on Monday 03 October 2016.
As officers of the Local Planning Authority ('LPA') are aware, TJX Europe Limited is currently engaged in formal pre-application discussions in respect of significant development on land to the south of the Masterplan area.
The proposed development at the northern end of Clarendon Road includes the creation of approximately 25,000 sq. m of new office floorspace (Class B1) and a series of associated physical works to link two existing buildings. The intention is to create a new office campus facility that will become the company's European head quarters and meet its requirements now and in the future.
TJX Europe Limited is proposing to make a significant investment into Watford, in terms of both capital expenditure and its staff, and is keen to engage proactively with the formulation and delivery of local planning policy.
In summary, the Company is supportive of the principles of the WJDDB and its objective to deliver a mixed use neighbourhood. Watford has significant aspirations and requirements to grow over the period of the Core Strategy and the area around Watford Junction station is considered to be one of the main opportunities to accommodate a range of uses.
Below we provide some more detailed comments on The Masterplan and its vision, objectives and site principles.
The Masterplan
Chapter Two of the WJDDB sets out the overall masterplan for the area, including the area-wide vision and principles, land uses, building heights, and car parking.
We comment on each of these main issues below.
Vision and Objectives
The WJDDB sets out six overarching objectives for the area.
Objective 1 states:
Create a new and improved major transport interchange, which encourages the use of multi-modal public transport and provides adequate station car parking.
The creation of an improved transport interchange will not only have positive impacts on the defined Masterplan area, but also the town as a whole. It will help to deliver wider economic growth and serve the anticipated growth in population.
Improving accessibility to the area by sustainable modes of transport will have positive impacts upon local traffic flows, air quality, and will increase the desirability of the area for businesses looking to locate there.
Objective 6 states:
Improve the built and environmental quality of Watford Junction as a place to live and as a landmark gateway to the town centre and Watford as a whole.
Watford Junction station is one of the principal gateways to the town and the objective to make this a 'landmark gateway' is strongly supported.
Improving the quality of the built form will assist in attracting further investment and businesses to Watford as well as having social and other benefits for residents and visitors.
Site Wide Principles
In respect of scale and massing, the document acknowledges that there will need to be a change in the scale of the built form in Watford in order to accommodate the growth in population and the required increase in commercial and employment floorspace.
The Masterplan states that the highest buildings should be located close to the train station, and then step down away from that area to blend in with the surrounding area. This accords with the principles of good design and is strongly supported.
Grouping the tallest buildings around the commercial hub of the station will lessen the visual impact of new development and protect the established key views and vistas. Furthermore, the train station is one of the most accessible locations and therefore dense development in this location accords with the overarching objectives to deliver sustainable forms of development.
The Core Strategy also identifies a requirement for the creation of approximately 80,000 sq. m of additional Class B floorspace by 2030. The local policy framework also identifies Clarendon Road as the preferred location for office floorspace within the town. It is anticipated that to meet the requirements in terms of new employment positions1 there is going to be significant development along Clarendon Road over the plan period. The established built form, including building heights, is anticipated to evolve and this can align with the principles set out in the Masterplan with height focussed around the station.
Illustrative Masterplan
The Illustrative Masterplan sets out the following approximate floor areas for acceptable land uses:
1 Between 3,500 - 4,200 are expected to be provided within the town centre area by 2030.
 Residential - 2,777 units
 Employment - 73,920 sq. m
 Retail - 6,135 sq. m
 Gym - 789 sq. m
 School - 2 x 3,000 sq. m
 Community - 1,883 sq. m
 Car Parking - 3,771 sq. m
In respect of the employment floor space, the masterplan envisages 73,920 sq. m can be accommodated on the site2.
It is a policy objective of the LPA within Policy EMP1 of the Watford Core Strategy to provide at least 7,000 additional jobs up to 2031. We therefore agree that the masterplan should incorporate a significant proportion of employment floorspace to help meet the wider Watford requirement.
Similarly to the objective for buildings heights above, the promotion of employment uses will have knock-on positive consequences for the wider area, especially Clarendon Road, as it will confirm the status of that corridor as an office location.
Summary and Conclusion
In summary, we support the main objectives and principles for development within the WJDDB area.
In particular, we support the principle of promoting a mix of commercial and residential uses. This will help to create a vibrant and successful area that meets the requirements of both businesses and residents.
We also strongly support the principle of making Watford Junction train station a landmark gateway, which will help to regenerate the wider area outside of the Masterplan area. Focussing taller buildings around the train station is also a principle we support, especially given it is the most accessible location and it will help to protect established views.
We trust these comments will be taken into consideration in the production of the WJDDB. We also request that we are kept informed about progress of the document, and notified when the next stage of consultation will take place. I look forward to receiving confirmation to this effect.

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