New Plan For 'The Brook' at Windsor Drive

New plans for 'The Brook' at Windsor Drive backing onto Gilpin Close, submitted last month, have just become available online.

The proposed development, for Central Bedfordshire Council, is for a new 20 unit, 3-storey transitional housing scheme with associated access, shared communal facilities, parking and landscaping on a current Greenfield site.

The latest proposal moves the building closer to Houghton Brook, further away from St Thomas Meeting House, and also nearer to Gilpin Close, than earlier proposals.

Accommodation will be predominately for single adults but will have the ability to house couples who are entitled to temporary housing.

A redesign of earlier schemes was required if the Council was to obtain full plans approval. Objections were received during the earlier plans planning consultation process, specifically relating to overlooking of adjacent properties and highways vehicular access concerns. The layout overhaul has reduced windows to sensitive areas and reduced existing overlooking issues of the original proposal. Vehicular movement has been reduced and concentrated to the site frontage only. Bin and cycle stores have been located to the frontage for ease of access. An attractive boundary treatment is proposed both to the front of the site and along the edge of the public footpath in the form of an estate low-level railing.

Highways had no objections to the earlier proposed treatment of the existing bus stop and the new plan makes no changes to those.

10 car parking spaces and 8 cycle space are included in the proposal.

front of site, Windsor Drive
proposed new front of site view

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Strategic Housing Market Assessment (2015), identified the need to deliver over 360 affordable homes in Central Bedfordshire per year. There is an increasing demand for affordable housing for single adults, with a rise in the number of vulnerable single adults approaching the Council as homeless. The Council’s ambition for the site is to deliver a scheme that provides suitable, accessible accommodation for single adults with a housing need.

The proposed building will provide potential local employment opportunities in the form of management and support staff.

A transitional housing scheme provides an individual with short to medium term accommodation while they search for and prepare to transition into longer-term housing. The Council will work with residents during their stay to identify suitable move on accommodation,  (e.g. private rented sector/  affordable homeownership), and where required support individuals to develop the skills needed to sustain longer-term housing solutions.

To view plans, search for CB/18/04641/REG3 at CBCs planning site:

Or skip directly to the documents HERE. Comments can be emailed to  quoting 18/04641/REG3