Consultation on New Secondary School in Houghton Regis

Initial designs have been produced for a new 1,120 place secondary school, to be built on the Kingsland Campus, Houghton Regis, for September 2022. The proposal includes all the specialist and non-specialist teaching space required, as well as providing a sports hall, outdoor sports provision and car parking. The external appearance of the school buildings is subject to further design work. 

The concept for the new school is based on the superblock model and includes a 3-storey main classroom block, with a separate sports hall. This type of design is suggested by the Department for Education (DfE), and has been used for many new secondary schools across the country

The Council is currently at the pre-planning design stage, and is taking the opportunity to seek the views of the local community ahead of the planning application being submitted. The date for submission of the planning application has been tentatively set for the end of August 2020

This consultation is an important part of the process, and your comments could help refine the design work which has already been undertaken. It is an opportunity to review the initial concept and for CBC to hear your comments.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, comments are being accepted during a 2-week period from 31 July 2020 until midday, until 14 August 2020.

Central Bedfordshire Council would like to know any general comments you have regarding the initial concept for the new school. You should be aware that any comments you make during this stage are for their use in developing the proposal. It is not the same as making a formal comment on the planning application and you will have the opportunity to do this if you wish, once the planning application has been submitted.

The parking (light blue in the plan below), would be mostly placed over the currently unused Redgra area beside the Houghton Regis Leisure Centre. The teaching block (yellow) and sports block (pink) would sit just on the edge of the Kingland Green area, currently used by dog walkers and joggers, with sports pitches as shown.

  • A second and third floor would also be occupied by various classrooms.
  • The separate sports hall will include a 4-court sports hall, studio and associated changing space.
  • Site to include a main teaching block, a separate sports block, an all-weather pitch, standard pitches for outdoor sport and a new car park
  • vehicle access from Parkside Drive
  • additional pedestrian access from the west, through the Kingsland Campus and from the north, connecting to the new houses which are planned as part of the Linmere housing development site

Sample of a suggested finish 

There are other suggestions - For more information see the Council's consultation document.

>>> 'Have your say' and full details of the consultation can be found on the CBC website.

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