Linmere Developers Delighted To Welcome The Bishop Of Bedford

The Linmere project team welcomed the Bishop of Bedford to its site on Wednesday 11th September 2019.

The Bishop went out on-site with Nigel Reid, Development Director for the Houghton Regis Management Company (HRMC) to see the work underway on the first phase. Local residents used to the activities of the developers will know that this is to the north of Thornhill Primary School and to the west of the Sundon Road.

The activity going on now includes the construction of the first roads and utilities for the first 1000 houses, the first primary school and a local centre. The landscaping work to deliver the new Chalton Gateway Park to the south-west of the Sundon Road / Sundon Link roundabout is also progressing well.

The Bishop (centre) was visiting Houghton Regis as part of a Parish Mission. Bishop Richard was accompanied by Father Diego Galanzino (right), the new Parish Priest of Houghton Regis, and he welcomed the opportunity to talk to Nigel Reid (left) about future plans for the site.

Footpaths have been left around the Linmere site where it has been feasible to do so.

HRMC is working with a number of housebuilders and the first phase of approximately 600 homes are due to be completed and ready for occupation by 2020. This will include a range of types and styles of home including market and affordable housing. A new two-form entry primary school will extend Thornhill Primary and be included within Phase 1. A new local centre will be located close to the new primary school providing local services and retail.

Design work is also underway on a Visitor Centre to include an adventure playground, café, community hall and offices and is currently planned to be open by the end of next year.

The entire Linmere scheme covers around 630 acres to the North of Houghton Regis. Outline planning consent for the site was granted in 2014 for a mixed-use development of up to 5,150 new homes; employment land; 75 hectares of public open space incorporating wildlife corridors, wetland areas, brooks, community gardens and facilities and sports pitches along with 3 primary schools and funding towards secondary education provision. The site includes an anticipated new Lidl Warehouse adjacent to the M1 which is expected to generate in excess of 1,000 new jobs.

The Linmere development is being brought forward by a consortium of Lands Improvement, Aviva and the Diocese of St Albans. Plans are viewable online at Central Bedfordshire Council number CB/12/03613/OUT.

source: GC

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