Emma Kosmin highlighting where the proposed development would be located
Emma Kosmin highlighting where the proposed development would be located

Watford’s Liberal Democrat Council is allowing greedy developers to build huge tower blocks against the wishes of residents and failing to ensure they provide the affordable housing Watford needs.

Despite hundreds of complaints from residents, the Liberal Democrats voted to approve the massive TK Maxx development.

‘Taylor’s Towers’ will stand up to 28-storeys tall and contain over 1,200 properties, but only 200 parking spaces will be provided. This means that hundreds of residents will have to park their cars elsewhere, making the already chaotic parking situation even worse.

‘Taylor’s Towers’ contain less than 10% affordable housing

Disgracefully, the Lib Dems have also allowed property developers to get away with providing far less affordable housing than required. Watford Council rules state that 35% of new developments must be affordable housing, but the TK Maxx site will provide only 9%.

The Liberal Democrats have consistently failed Watford residents on affordable housing. Between 2011-2018, there was only one year that the Council met the 35% requirement across completed developments. 

Labour is demanding the Liberal Democrats stop putting developers before residents and start making them provide the affordable homes Watford needs. 

Parking chaos will only become worse

Local Council candidate, Emma Kosmin, said “The Lib Dems claimed they would build social and affordable housing. They have failed miserably.”

“Now there is a proposal to build a 13-storey tower block in Watford High Street with no affordable housing at all. This must be rejected. Building properties no one can afford will not help solve our housing crisis.”

Labour Group leader, Nigel Bell, added “We need a sensible, sustainable approach to housing in Watford. One that puts residents first.”

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