The Co-op site in Houghton Regis
At an Executive meeting of Central Bedfordshire Council on Tuesday this week, early stage plans will be unveiled to redevelop the Co-op site in Houghton Regis.
The plan indicates that the whole site being considered will include Red House Court in Clarke's Way, the whole of the former Co-op car parking areas, including the recycling bins area and the site of the former store.
The former Co Op site is presently vacant and will return to the Council’s full control. What is being considered is within the context of a Sheltered Housing Review.
Newer homes with newer facilities would be built within the site, and then the existing Red House Court building would be demolished with new construction fit for the 21st century replacing it. The Council report emphasises that these proposals are at an early stage and there has been no discussion with residents or local stakeholders, to influence the initial ideas.
The report states :-
"At this early stage, the principles being examined are as follows –
1. A mixed tenure development of circa 170 homes for older people
2. An improved retail offer, complimentary to other retailers in
Houghton Regis town centre
3. An opportunity to deliver public services in the town centre
4. An improved local heritage offer
5. Creation of a community hub using space flexibly, complimentary to
other community space/facilities within Houghton Regis. This would
include provision of day opportunities for older people. "
The Co-op store was destroyed by an arsonist's fire in the summer of 2006. Since then a smaller store survived until early summer 2014, and a social club used temporary portacabins on part of the site.