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Watford £1bn health scheme approved

Plans for a £1 billion regeneration scheme in Watford including construction of a major new acute hospital for the Hertfordshire town have been given the go-ahead by planners.

The decision, made last week by Watford Borough Council’s development control committee, allows the Watford Health Campus to progress to the next stage, having secured outline permission to build the hospital, along with a new stadium for Watford Football Club.

The approval also covers the building of 150 affordable homes for hospital workers, 350 private homes, small commercial and retail units, a hotel and primary care facilities.

Plans will now go to the Government Office for the East of England for a decision on whether they need to be referred for Government scrutiny.

Work on the hospital element of the scheme will be delivered under a Private Finance Initative deal but is not expected to be completed until 2014 at the earliest.