Watford Junction Draft Development Brief 2016

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Watford Junction Draft Development Brief 2016

Watford Junction Draft Development Brief

Representation ID: 493

Received: 13/09/2016

Respondent: Watford and West Herts Chamber of Commerce

Representation Summary:

Sees the plan as a potential opportunity loss to establish a significant expansion to office and industrial workspace. This is needed given pressures elsewhere as it is key to retain local employment.

Full text:

In respect of the proposed plans for Watford Junction we circulated our membership asking them to submit any individual comments they may have over the development plans.

At the same time I have been getting a more general opinion from local business as part of my ongoing business communication / visit programme.

Members have not particularly raised specifics about the plan, rather a general disappointment of the potential loss an opportunity to establish a significant expansion to office and industrial workspace.

Whilst the need for a mixed use development is understood it was felt that these plans do not fully reflect the amount of commercial accommodation already lost / under threat by conversion to residential, particularly in and around the Clarendon Road area.

It is no good having housing if we cannot attract and retain local employment. I have spoke to a number of businesses who have concerns that the town will not be able to accommodate their future growth plans, plus is there sufficient new commercial development on the site to attract new companies from other areas. Conversion of existing unsuitable empty office space to residential is OK if it is replaced by new space designed to accommodate the needs of business in the 21 century.

Watford Junction has the potential, with its exceptional location & transportation links, to become a major regional business hub and there is a feeling that the current plans are not fully capitalising on this opportunity.

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