264 Homes at Thorn/Bidwell Get the Green Light

The first detailed plans to build new homes at a landmark development in Houghton Regis have been approved by Central Bedfordshire Council.

Houghton Regis North 2 is a 166-hectare site to the west of Bidwell and outline proposals for the overall development, which is set to comprise 1,850 new homes, a new primary school, shops, businesses and open space, were given the green light in 2015. The plots that gained approval are either side of Thorn Farm, sandwiched between Thorn Road and the new A5 dual carriageway.

Housebuilder Bellway has bought two parcels of land at the development and lodged reserved matters planning application to build 264 new homes. Permission was granted on Friday 18 January. (see decision notice).

A typical Bellway Northern Home Counties street scene 

Chris Edginton, Sales and Marketing Director for Bellway Northern Home Counties, said: “We are delighted to have completed our purchase of land at Houghton Regis North 2 and that our detailed plans for the development have been approved.

“There’s a growing demand for new housing in this part of Bedfordshire, and our proposals will help meet this need.

“The development will provide something for people at all stages of the property ladder, from first-time buyers to growing families and downsizers, and we are now looking forward to progressing with construction on site.”

Source Planning Statement

The overall Houghton Regis North 2 development is bounded by Houghton Regis Chalk Quarry in the south, the A5 in the west, the A5-M1 link in the north, and Bedford Road in Bidwell in the east.
The wider development is set to comprise up to 1,850 homes, including 555 affordable homes, plus public transport routes linking to Houghton Regis and the area’s guided busway.

There will also be land allocated for businesses generating employment, a shopping centre, a school and a community centre. An extensive network of open space and nature areas is planned to incorporate sports pitches, a heritage trail, play areas and an urban park.

Bellway Northern Home Counties is currently building new homes in Bedfordshire at New Cardington, near Bedford, Ivel Manor and Ivel Chase in Biggleswade and Berry Wood in Wootton. More information is available at bellway.co.uk.

How the 1762 Survey Map, copied in 1766, looked. The huge map is kept at Bedford PRO.