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Your own space and a ready-made community. Freedom to be independent and access to care and support if you need it. A safe and secure place to live and links to the local community.

See voting link below to vote on your favourite name from the shortlist by 19 March 2019

All this will be possible for the over 55s when the landmark independent living scheme in Houghton Regis is built. Last week, a ground-breaking event marked the start of works on the former Co-op site in the middle of Houghton Regis town centre.

L to R: Clare Evans (Clerk of Houghton Regis Town Council), Cllr Eugene Ghent (Executive Member for Assets and Housing Delivery), Cllr John Kane (Houghton Hall Ward Councillor) Cllr Fiona Chapman MBE (Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council), Mayor of Houghton Regis, Ken Wattingham, Cllr Susan Goodchild (Houghton Hall Ward Councillor), Andy Reynolds, Regional Director at Galliford Try Partnerships and Cllr Carole Hegley (Executive Member for Adults, Social Care and Housing Operations)

Attended by representatives of the community, council and contractor Galliford Try Partnerships, the event highlighted the vision for the new development planned for the site.

Work is now underway on the new independent living scheme, that will provide 168 independent living apartments for over 55s, alongside a public restaurant, bar and café, shops and health and beauty treatment rooms.

The shortlist of names for the building, as suggested by the local community, was also announced at the event.

Here, a view of a future Clarke's Way. 

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Adults, Social Care and Housing Operations said: “These types of schemes are designed to be living, breathing parts of their communities, and that is my hope here. The ethos of the building is to provide residents with the right balance of privacy and support, to live and be independent.

“It’s part of a bigger plan to make sure we have the right sort of housing available for older residents, most of whom want to live in their own homes for as long as possible. We want a choice of quality options for our older residents, so they don’t come to their later years feeling like they have to ‘accept’ accommodation because their home is no longer suitable for them. This will be a place to celebrate life and we’re thrilled that work is starting.”

Projected views - Top Right, from Bedford Road, Top Middle from Whitehouse Close, Bottom Left from Clarke's Avenue, Bottom Right from foot of Tithe Farm Road /High Street roundabout.

The council is building the scheme with contractor Galliford Try. Initial works have started and the building will be constructed in two phases.

Cllr Eugene Ghent, Executive Member for Assets and Housing Delivery, added: “We’re committed to investing in Houghton Regis and this is part of what we want to achieve. It’s a key site in the heart of the town and an opportunity to develop a disused site to provide accommodation for the over 55s, as well as offering a wider community facility for the future.”

Projected view from the Village Green

Andy Reynolds, Regional Director, Galliford Try Partnerships, said: "As a partnership-focused business we look to build and establish long-term relationships that deliver real value and change for our clients. I’m very pleased that we’ll be combining our expertise again with Central Bedfordshire Council in Houghton Regis to deliver an outstanding development.”

Work on the site has begun - March 2019. Photo: Alan Winter.

A short list of names for the building, as suggested by the local community, was also announced at the event after it received more than 160 suggestions. In collaboration with community representatives, five have been shortlisted. They are:

All Saints View
Houghton Lea
Houghton Regis Central
Houghton View
Kings View

Cllr Hegley explained: “I have to say, we were so encouraged to read all the suggestions and reasons for putting them forward. There were some excellent ideas and a real groundswell of feeling about how this building would be an asset to the community of Houghton Regis. Please do vote on your favourite!”

Vote here on your favourite name from the shortlist by 19 March 2019.