Plans For 66 bed care Home, Nursery & Shops at Lower Thorn Village

(updated 14 June 2020)
As part of the already approved outline development plans for the Lower Thorn area of Houghton Regis, detailed planning applications are now being submitted for a local centre. A decision for these applications is hoped for by mid-August 2020.

Houghton Regis Town Council will discuss the plans on Tuesday 16th June. A final decision will be made by Central Bedfordshire Council. The Town Council's virtual meeting agenda is available to download. If you wish to participate in this meeting you will need to supply an email address before 3pm on the day of the meeting in order to attend virtually by emailing your request. Instructions on Remote Meeting Guidance can be found here.

In all, three planning applications have been submitted to develop a local integrated centre on behalf of  HDD Houghton Regis Retail Limited. 



1. 66 Bed Care Home

A 66-bed care home and its associated car park, means of access and landscaping.  Split over 3 floors. If permission were granted, the applicants would hope to welcome residents approximately 12 months later.

Full details of this application can be found at the CBC planning portal and search for CB/20/01538/FULL or jump directly to the details at this link.


Care home proposed elevations

2. A Local Centre building’, ‘Pavilion’ and ‘Residential Block’  

Erection of a mixed-use  Local Centre comprising 52 no. apartments, 1 no. day nursery (Use Class D1), 1 no. retail unit (Use Class A1) 5 no. retail units (Use Classes A1/A3/A5) and associated infrastructure works including a haul road, landscaping and public realm.

The Design and Access Statement describes this as:
Local Centre building’, ‘Pavilion’ and ‘Residential Block’
• a three-storey Local Centre building comprising 1no. 4,200 sqft retail unit, 3no. 1,115 sqft retail units, a 6,175 sqft nursery and 22 apartments,
• an urban square and separate single-storey pavilion building of 2no. 750 sqft retail units in the centre and
• a three-storey Residential Block of 30 apartments;

Full details of this application can be found at the CBC planning portal and search for CB/20/01537/FULL or jump directly to the details at this link.


As an alternative to (2), another plan has been submitted with a detached Nursery:

3. An alternative ‘Local Centre building’ with a detached nursery and ‘Pavilion’

Erection of a mixed use Local Centre comprising 22 no. apartments, 1 no. day nursery (Use Class D1), 1 no. retail unit (Use Class A1) 5 no. retail units (Use Classes A1/A3/A5) and associated infrastructure works.

The Design and Access Statement describes this as:
An alternative ‘Local Centre building’ with a detached nursery and ‘Pavilion’
• a three storey Local Centre building comprising 1no. 4,200 sqft retail unit, 3no. units each of 1,100 sqft and a 5,245 sqft detached  nursery  over  two  floors  with  residential  above, providing 22 apartments in total
• an urban square and separate single-storey pavilion building of 2no. 750 sqft retail units in the centre.


Full details of this application can be found at the CBC planning portal and search for CB/20/01545/FULL or jump directly to the details at this link.



Further details

The Design and Access Statements will give most readers the general information they need and this can be downloaded here.
Houghton Regis Planning Applications group is a Facebook group that discusses planning matters.
Public comments on the applications can be emailed to planning@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk quoting the relevant application numbers.



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