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Watford Health Campus plans costing £250m unveiled

Artist impression of Watford Health Campus Image copyright Watford Borough Council
Image caption Watford Health Campus is expected to be built over 20 years in the town
Disused land near Watford Hospital Image copyright Watford Borough Council
Image caption It will be created on disused land around the hospital and the football club

Plans have been unveiled for a £250m regeneration project in Watford that will see the hospital expanded and new homes built.

A 72-acre (29 hectares) plot of disused land around the hospital and football club will be developed over 20 years.

Watford Health Campus will include new road and rail links, business outlets and green spaces. It is also expected to generate 1,600 new jobs.

The plans can be seen online or at the football club and town hall this month.

The project has been drawn up by a partnership, made up of Watford Borough Council, developers Kier and the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

'Numerous benefits'

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) gave the go ahead for part of the site to be built on in December after the council sought approval for the site's change of use.

The hospital trust's chief executive, Samantha Jones, said: "In time, the plans will offer numerous benefits to our patients, their friends and families and our staff."

Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, said: "We have been very demanding about what we want to see happen on the site: good quality homes, new business premises to encourage job opportunities, great open spaces with places for people to walk and exercise and the right mix of facilities such as shops, restaurant and cafés."

The final plan will be submitted to Watford Borough Council at the end of February.

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