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Watford Junction Draft Development Brief 2016

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief

Representation ID: 494

Received: 16/09/2016

Respondent: N/A

Representation Summary:

There is an opportunity to provide additional access onto St. Albans which would ease the congestion on the business park and provide much better access if car parks are inaccessible.

Full text:

With the recent draft I wanted to make two points about the plan on page 20.

Firstly - there is a huge amount of congestion on Colonial Way currently, although there is a way here for traffic to be able to go south it this would be an opportunity to provide additional access onto St Albans way which would ease the congestion on the business park. Secondly this would also provide much better access should one of the car parks proposed either be full or closed (for maintenance or whatever) - without this link shown in purple) the drivers would need to go a long way round to get from one car park to another.

Secondly I wanted to highlight that there are a very large number of people in an evening walking along St Albans road - these people would, in the future, walk through the pedestrian area but I am a little concerned that in your draft that the area in blue is not considered a "Main Pedestrian Area" which it will become if the work is completed.

Although this covers the area around the station without firmer plans for the station itself I fear that two different visions will emerge between this and a station redevelopment plan. To me these should both be considered at the same time so that the vision for the surrounding area and the station are in sync.

Object

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief 2016

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief

Representation ID: 495

Received: 22/09/2016

Respondent: N/A

Representation Summary:

High Density Milton Keynes in the form tower block arrangement not suitable near a conservation area.

Full text:

I have looked at the above document along with the Skyline document. As a resident of Church Road I was not happy to see a Milton Keynes arrangement on the doorstep of a conservation area. By all means improve access to Watford Junction and provide more car parking spaces. Taxis or access for the disabled have not been mentioned in either of these two bulky documents.

What might also be more important to residents is the quality of the train service which as everyone knows has deteriorated in the last few years. The increased housing in the planning area would make this worse as more commuters arrived. No amount of architecture would resolve this problem.

The greatest threat to our peace of mind would be the tower blocks. We already have the Holiday Inn blocking our light . The towers would alter the whole landscape enticing people to live in a very unappealing area. St Albans Road would become even more of a ghetto. We don't need more shops or restaurants in this area.

Church Road has already had huge housing developments on the Cassio College site, British Waterways and more planned for Stratford and Langley Road. Tower blocks are not an appealing buy for first time buyers but a gift for greedy developers who want to charge high rents.

Two schools are planned for this choked area. What about garages to cater for the vast increase in cars. Not everyone can cycle. We don't need more shops as we are having a new shopping centre in the town. Could we not concentrate on the town centre development, the Croxley Rail Link and the new hospital . These latter two seem to have gone very quiet recently.

Finally, such an ambitious project will take years and nothing in this time will have been done to resolve the housing crisis. Why not change the law so that empty or neglected buildings can be refurbished at far less cost. Cancel the VAT on refurbishments. After all we no longer need to be dictated to by Europe. The resulting savings could be used to help small community projects
creating variety, diversity and far less misery for us all.?

Comment

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief 2016

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief

Representation ID: 703

Received: 16/09/2016

Respondent: N/A

Representation Summary:

The plan should show where the main pedestrian area will be.

Full text:

With the recent draft I wanted to make two points about the plan on page 20.

Firstly - there is a huge amount of congestion on Colonial Way currently, although there is a way here for traffic to be able to go south it this would be an opportunity to provide additional access onto St Albans way which would ease the congestion on the business park. Secondly this would also provide much better access should one of the car parks proposed either be full or closed (for maintenance or whatever) - without this link shown in purple) the drivers would need to go a long way round to get from one car park to another.

Secondly I wanted to highlight that there are a very large number of people in an evening walking along St Albans road - these people would, in the future, walk through the pedestrian area but I am a little concerned that in your draft that the area in blue is not considered a "Main Pedestrian Area" which it will become if the work is completed.

Although this covers the area around the station without firmer plans for the station itself I fear that two different visions will emerge between this and a station redevelopment plan. To me these should both be considered at the same time so that the vision for the surrounding area and the station are in sync.

Object

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief 2016

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief

Representation ID: 704

Received: 22/09/2016

Respondent: N/A

Representation Summary:

Housing will lead to greater impacts on train services

Full text:

I have looked at the above document along with the Skyline document. As a resident of Church Road I was not happy to see a Milton Keynes arrangement on the doorstep of a conservation area. By all means improve access to Watford Junction and provide more car parking spaces. Taxis or access for the disabled have not been mentioned in either of these two bulky documents.

What might also be more important to residents is the quality of the train service which as everyone knows has deteriorated in the last few years. The increased housing in the planning area would make this worse as more commuters arrived. No amount of architecture would resolve this problem.

The greatest threat to our peace of mind would be the tower blocks. We already have the Holiday Inn blocking our light . The towers would alter the whole landscape enticing people to live in a very unappealing area. St Albans Road would become even more of a ghetto. We don't need more shops or restaurants in this area.

Church Road has already had huge housing developments on the Cassio College site, British Waterways and more planned for Stratford and Langley Road. Tower blocks are not an appealing buy for first time buyers but a gift for greedy developers who want to charge high rents.

Two schools are planned for this choked area. What about garages to cater for the vast increase in cars. Not everyone can cycle. We don't need more shops as we are having a new shopping centre in the town. Could we not concentrate on the town centre development, the Croxley Rail Link and the new hospital . These latter two seem to have gone very quiet recently.

Finally, such an ambitious project will take years and nothing in this time will have been done to resolve the housing crisis. Why not change the law so that empty or neglected buildings can be refurbished at far less cost. Cancel the VAT on refurbishments. After all we no longer need to be dictated to by Europe. The resulting savings could be used to help small community projects
creating variety, diversity and far less misery for us all.?

Object

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief 2016

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief

Representation ID: 705

Received: 22/09/2016

Respondent: N/A

Representation Summary:

There is no need more shops or restaurants in this area.

Full text:

I have looked at the above document along with the Skyline document. As a resident of Church Road I was not happy to see a Milton Keynes arrangement on the doorstep of a conservation area. By all means improve access to Watford Junction and provide more car parking spaces. Taxis or access for the disabled have not been mentioned in either of these two bulky documents.

What might also be more important to residents is the quality of the train service which as everyone knows has deteriorated in the last few years. The increased housing in the planning area would make this worse as more commuters arrived. No amount of architecture would resolve this problem.

The greatest threat to our peace of mind would be the tower blocks. We already have the Holiday Inn blocking our light . The towers would alter the whole landscape enticing people to live in a very unappealing area. St Albans Road would become even more of a ghetto. We don't need more shops or restaurants in this area.

Church Road has already had huge housing developments on the Cassio College site, British Waterways and more planned for Stratford and Langley Road. Tower blocks are not an appealing buy for first time buyers but a gift for greedy developers who want to charge high rents.

Two schools are planned for this choked area. What about garages to cater for the vast increase in cars. Not everyone can cycle. We don't need more shops as we are having a new shopping centre in the town. Could we not concentrate on the town centre development, the Croxley Rail Link and the new hospital . These latter two seem to have gone very quiet recently.

Finally, such an ambitious project will take years and nothing in this time will have been done to resolve the housing crisis. Why not change the law so that empty or neglected buildings can be refurbished at far less cost. Cancel the VAT on refurbishments. After all we no longer need to be dictated to by Europe. The resulting savings could be used to help small community projects
creating variety, diversity and far less misery for us all.?

Object

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief 2016

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief

Representation ID: 706

Received: 22/09/2016

Respondent: N/A

Representation Summary:

Need for garages to cater for cars

Full text:

I have looked at the above document along with the Skyline document. As a resident of Church Road I was not happy to see a Milton Keynes arrangement on the doorstep of a conservation area. By all means improve access to Watford Junction and provide more car parking spaces. Taxis or access for the disabled have not been mentioned in either of these two bulky documents.

What might also be more important to residents is the quality of the train service which as everyone knows has deteriorated in the last few years. The increased housing in the planning area would make this worse as more commuters arrived. No amount of architecture would resolve this problem.

The greatest threat to our peace of mind would be the tower blocks. We already have the Holiday Inn blocking our light . The towers would alter the whole landscape enticing people to live in a very unappealing area. St Albans Road would become even more of a ghetto. We don't need more shops or restaurants in this area.

Church Road has already had huge housing developments on the Cassio College site, British Waterways and more planned for Stratford and Langley Road. Tower blocks are not an appealing buy for first time buyers but a gift for greedy developers who want to charge high rents.

Two schools are planned for this choked area. What about garages to cater for the vast increase in cars. Not everyone can cycle. We don't need more shops as we are having a new shopping centre in the town. Could we not concentrate on the town centre development, the Croxley Rail Link and the new hospital . These latter two seem to have gone very quiet recently.

Finally, such an ambitious project will take years and nothing in this time will have been done to resolve the housing crisis. Why not change the law so that empty or neglected buildings can be refurbished at far less cost. Cancel the VAT on refurbishments. After all we no longer need to be dictated to by Europe. The resulting savings could be used to help small community projects
creating variety, diversity and far less misery for us all.?

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