Outline Planning Approved for 24 homes at Highfield Barns

Another outline application to build a further 24 houses on a site adjacent to the Taylor Wimpey site at Aylesbury Drive, off Bedford Road, was approved by Central Bedfordshire's Development Control Committee last month.

REVISED 3396_103_H_Illustrative Masterplan (002) 9.8.18.pdf

Location: Highfield Barns, Bedford Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 6JP
Parish Name: Houghton Regis
Description: Outline Application: Formation of a new access to serve existing residential development and residential development of up to 24 dwellings together with an enhanced footpath link and associated landscaping

Optimis Consulting was praised by ward CBC councillor, Susan Goodchild, for consulting with the Houghton Regis Town Council, and herself. Neither the Town Council or Cllr Goodchild had raised objections.

Cllr Goodchild did raise concern about the number of works off of Bedford Road and it was pointed out to her that traffic calming measures were included in the schemes. Cllr Goodchild also queried that outstanding works from S106 of the Taylor Wimpey site agreement had not been done yet, and this was a concern for local children accessing schools. The chair of the committee said that those works, "needed pushing".

The 0.90hectares site  is currently used as a paddock. In 2011, a registered Shetland pony stallion Benston Issac, on the left, was stolen from this paddock and recovered a week later when he was found tethered to the side of a canal (see story on horseandhound.co.uk) and traced through micro-chipping.

The outlined scheme would include 56 new parking spaces. As part of the S106 agreement traffic, calming measures would be included for the Highfield Barns site.

The access to the site would be opposite the Old Red Lion.

The proceedings from the meeting can be watched online:

Slides from the committee meeting held at Chicksands:

Other significant developments around Houghton Regis include :

CB/09/06431 - 650 homes close to Maiden Bower (refused)
CB/12/01791 - 14 homes, Brambles Edge, East End. (approved, built)
CB/12/03613 - 5,150 homes - Linmere (formerly HRN1) - approved
CB/14/03056/FULL - 169 homes - Regent's Place, Taylor Wimpey, Aylesbury Drive approved, mostly built.
CB/14/03047 - 62 homes The Bauk, land west of Old Red Lion. (approved, built)
CB/15/00297/OUT - 1850 homes - Bidwell West (or HRN2) comprising, so far:
                                  CB/18/00811/RM - 97 homes Parcel 1 Bidwell West (approved, being built)
                                  CB/18/03530/RM - 264 homes either side of Thorn Farm (approved)
                                  CB/19/00883 - 255 homes  Parcels 4a 4b Bidwell West
                                  CB/19/01218/RM - 625 homes Parcels 6a 6b Bidwell West
CB/16/03378 - 170 independent living units All Saints View (approved, in construction)
CB/17/02512/OUT - 50 new homes,The Field, off Bedford Rd.(approved)
CB/17/04108/OUT - 100 homes at Bury Spinney - (refused)
CB/17/00501/OUT - 6 new homes. Land is North of Bedford Rd/Thorn Rd junction. (approved)
CB/18/04471/FULL - 50 homes - Oakwell Park  (undecided). An application for up to 200 was refused.
CB/19/00668/OUT - 7 homes - East of Bedford Rd (undecided)
CB/19/02053/OUT - 350 homes east of Houghton Park Road (undecided)
CB/19/02130/FULL - 120 homes The Gates - adjacent to Dunstablians RUFC (undecided)

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