McLaren Living submits plans for Clarendon Road BTR in Watford

McLaren Living's Clarendon Road plans are set to deliver affordable Build to Rent homes, flexible office workspace, retail space and a public square.

The proposed public square for McLaren Living's new Clarendon Road Build to Rent development in the heart of Watford | BTR News
The proposed public square for McLaren Living's new Clarendon Road Build to Rent development in the heart of Watford.

Residential developer with a focus on Build to Rent and co-living – McLaren Living – has submitted planning to Watford Borough Council for the redevelopment of the Watford Police Station and Magistrates Court on Clarendon Road in Watford. Hertfordshire Constabulary vacated the site in February 2024, having relocated to their new premises on George Street in Watford. 

The proposals by McLaren Living will regenerate a 1.75-acre brownfield site to deliver 314 market and affordable Build to Rent homes, a new publicly accessible Garden Square, 31,441ft² of flexible employment floorspace in a standalone building, 4,485ft² of retail space including a café facing the Garden Square, and approximately 6,000ft² of children’s play space.

The proposals aim to go above and beyond the principles in Watford’s Sustainability Strategy, by seeking to reduce embodied carbon. This will be achieved by re-purposing some of the existing structure on site. A range of sustainability and energy efficient measures result in a carbon reduction of 72.5%.

If approved, the Clarendon Road development is set to bring significant employment opportunities to the area throughout the construction and operational phases. In partnership with the landowner, Hertfordshire Police Constabulary, McLaren Living has undertaken a comprehensive programme of stakeholder and community engagement and a collaborative approach throughout the design and planning process.

“Our vision is to bring forward a new mixed-use quarter in the commercial heart of Watford, helping breathe new life into this part of Clarendon Road by delivering much needed new homes, high quality workspace, retail space and a new publicly accessible Garden Square.

“We’ve liaised closely with the local community, stakeholders and the council on our plans for Clarendon Road and look forward to continuing our work to deliver a new neighbourhood for Watford.”

Patrick Joyce, Development Director, McLaren Living

Situated in the town centre, the Clarendon Road site is conveniently nearby excellent local amenities and is within 100 metres of Watford Junction Station, which benefits from fast, frequent services directly into London Euston.

The Clarendon Road development forms part of the Watford Gateway Strategic Development Area in Watford Borough Council’s adopted Local Plan – and it has been earmarked for the comprehensive mixed-use redevelopment.

The Build to Rent development plans also support the wider policy objectives of the Watford Gateway Strategic Development Area and the Clarendon Road Primary Office Location.