Proposals have been made to convert garages into affordable housing across two sites.

Hertsmere Borough Council want to convert garage sites in Ripon Way and Cranes Way in Borehamwood.

The two sites currently contain 38 garages but are perceived to be in a "poor condition" often blighted by fly tipping.

If the application is successful, at least 35 per cent of it will be affordable, delivered as affordable rent or shared ownership.

The proposal will revamp the garage sites into modern accommodation comprising of one, two, and three bedroom apartments, with parking.

The application will comply with Hertsmere's development plan document and local plan policies.

Councillor John Graham, portfolio holder for finance, property and economic development, said: “We know that there are a lot of families who are struggling to find good quality affordable homes in Hertsmere, which is something the council is trying to address.

“We have been working hard with our partners to support new opportunities to build new homes and this proposed new development will be a welcome addition to our affordable housing options, supplying at least 35 per cent of affordable housing in Hertsmere.

“This is a well-considered proposal and we are confident that a good balance has been struck between creating much needed new homes in a way that is sensitive to local residents and the area. This will also provide a long term rental income stream to the council to help offset the reduction in government support grants and continue to deliver much needed local services."

Information panels with further details of the proposal will be available to view at the community hub at 96 Shenley Road, Borehamwood for two weeks from today (April 3).

The planning application can be viewed here