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Mayor demands Government to rethink housing targets in Watford

Peter Taylor the Mayor of Watford has written to Michael Gove over concerns for housing targets impacting on Watford.

He requests Michael Gove in his new capacity as Secretary of State responsible for local government and housing to re-think the way that housing targets are calculated.

Since 2018 the Conservative government has tripled Watford’s housing target with no regard for whether we actually have the land to build new developments on. We need drastic changes to make the system fairer:

We need drastic changes to make the system fairer:

✅ More power for local communities
✅ Cut targets
✅ Decent homes for everyone
✅ Infrastructure first
✅ Homes people can afford

The Meriden estate has created new blocks of flats creating 133 new homes.
Thomas Sawyer Way, Riverwell, Watford. Multiple new apartment blocks.

Also in another part of West Watford, there are currently three major sites of construction of new flats and tower block. One at the former Laundry site, former Wemco building, and the former post office site in Ascot road which will be home to the tallest high-rise in Watford.

In North Watford construction has started for a housing complex, just opposite recently built ‘Watford Cross’ luxurious apartment blocks near Watford Junction.

Luther Blisset House: 56 homes for social rent with Watford Community Housing and developers Jarvis Construction Ltd. The development will also include a community hub, to be used as a space for local charity events and ongoing resident support.

Amwell Close: 8 two-bedroom flats in Garston

Brightwell Court: 13 two bed all electric and utilise air-source heat pump flats

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