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Watford £1bn regeneration moves closer

A planning application has been submitted for a £1bn regeneration project in Watford that includes a major acute hospital, a revamped stadium for the town's football club, office space, a hotel and conferencing facility and new homes.

Cycle paths, allotments, public open spaces, and leisure facilities will also be created on the riverside site, which currently incorporates Watford General Hospital and the Cardiff Road Industrial Estate. Watford FC is progressing its planning applications for redevelopment of the football stadium in advance of the rest of the scheme.

"This is a highly complex regeneration project which will deliver substantial health facilities and many other benefits for West Hertfordshire," said Graeme Warriner, of Turley Associates which is advising on the planning application. "Our brief was to act on behalf of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust to devise an application which would deliver the requirements of the multiple stakeholders.”

The schemes partners are: Watford Borough Council, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Strategic Health Authority, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust, Watford and Three Rivers Primary Care Trust, Hertfordshire County Council, East of England Development Agency, Watford Football Club and Hertfordshire Prosperity.

A decision on planning is expected before the end of 2007.

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