150 homes to be built opposite Star Wars studio

150 homes to be built opposite Star Wars studio

Some 150 new homes are to be constructed opposite the famous Elstree Film Studios in Borehamwood, following the granting of planning permission. Residential developer Heronslea are set to begin work on the Shenley Road development that will see a variety of homes constructed.

The development will include two buildings that stand at 12 and seven storeys. The homes that are constructed will be of varying sizes, from one and two bed apartments to three-bed homes. Of the 150 residential units planned, 36 have been designated as affordable housing from lower-income families.

It is hoped that the new homes will act as a gateway for further residential development of the area and so result in a higher number of homes being constructed. This would get the Area Action Plan for Elstree Way Corridor started and help the plan to reach the target of 800 residential units over the course of the next two decades.

Previous attempts to gain planning permission for the development failed, but Heronslea have successfully gained the relevant permissions following the appointment of Assael Architecture. The new plans for the development were drawn up to reflect the architecture of the opposite studios, which were built in the 1930s, in order to tie in with the heritage of the area.

Greg Greasley, director of Assael Architecture, said: "This is a difficult and challenging site where we have been able to produce a scheme of exceptional quality and create a contemporary, landmark development for Borehamwood.

"The design team has gone to great lengths to deliver a scheme that is architecturally fitting for this highly visible site, enhances the existing streetscape and seeks to deliver a clear distinctive identity for the area. We hope it sets the benchmark for future development in the Elstree Way Corridor."

Elstree Film Studios, where movies like Star Wars were filmed, opposed the plans for residential development over concerns that any people living in the area would complain about the noise levels created by future film projects.