PLANNING : 65 NEW HOMES BEHIND RED LION, BEDFORD RD, HOUGHTON REGIS
Plans for up to 65 new homes off Bedford Road, Houghton Regis have been submitted. The land proposed to be developed is constrained by a concrete path (Chiltern Way) that leads to Bluewater Nature Reserve on the northern edge, by the old Red Lion pub to the east, and by Bankside Close and Plaiters Way open space to the south.
The land has been used as a paddock for horses. If approved, about 3.18acres of the 7.83acres site would be left as open space. Up to 65 homes would be built, with a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms.
64 people attended a public exhibition at Dunstablians Rugby Club on 20th May this year.
There will be opportunity for the development to link to existing open green space all around it.
Access to the site would be from Bedford Road, 70m north of the Red Lion pub car park access. Of particular concern is that access to the site would be near a right hand bend on Bedford Road in a 40mph limit area. During the past 5 years 3 serious accidents and four slight accidents have been recorded in this road and these are itemised in the plans. Developers have addressed this concern by proposing to reduce the speed limit to 30mph, and by the use of road narrowing painted markings near the access area.
New bus stop posts and flags would be provided on Bedford Road in both directions adjacent to the site.