Porz Avenue May Get More Industrial Units

A resubmitted application is hoping to gain permission to construct light industrial units on a strip of land between Orchard Close and Porz Avenue in Houghton Regis. 

Footpaths - Houghton Regis - Maplink

A public footpath - FP50 - runs through the undeveloped site and the land strip is part of Dog Kennel Down County Wildlife Site. Much of the current state of the land is bare ground having been cleared by bulldozers. There is a narrow strip of broad-leaved plantation woodland along the southwestern boundary and patches of dense scrub at the north-western and north-eastern corners of the site. For years, passage along FP50 has been denied due to the scrub and bushes at the northern end.

A planning statement on behalf of Option Two Development Ltd says, “This application is a resubmission of planning application (Ref. CB/19/01919/FULL) originally submitted in June 2019. This application proposes amendments to the scheme which seek to address and overcome consultee comments made on the original application.”

The statement says that the following issues have been addressed,

  • Additional areas of tree planting have been incorporated into the site layout. 
  • The site access and the internal road has been widened and turning area increased to address various highways objections.
  • The Flood Risk Assessment has been updated to introduce additional permeable paving and to limit the depth of soakaways.

Hester Architects in conjunction with WYG planning consultants were asked to prepare a design and access statement to accompany the planning application submission for the proposed development on the Woodside Industrial Estate. The proposal seeks full planning permission for the erection of 19 small B2 industrial units. The site would be served by a new vehicular and pedestrian access to be created off the Porz Avenue and Boscombe Road roundabout.  The existing public right of way passing through the site would be upgraded.

The 1.27 hectares is thought to not have any flooding risk. Overhead cables are running through the length of site along the NW-SE direction. There is an existing underground cable going along SW-NE direction, through the middle of the site. A new formal footpath link through to Foster Avenue is included.


Satellite image - red area seeking planning permission

Current aerial view of site off Boscombe Rd / Porz Avenue roundabout

Artist impression of the finished site

Full details of the application can be found at the CBC planning portal and search for CB/20/00757/FULL or jump directly to the details at this linkHoughton Regis News Desk Planning Applications group is a Facebook group that discusses planning matters. Public comments on the application can be emailed to planning@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk quoting the application number 20/00757/FULL.

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