Central Beds Council to Build Its Own Houses

  • Central Bedfordshire Council's very own house-building company has taken another step forward today as its business plan was agreed at an Executive Committee. 

Today (Tuesday 13 October), Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive agreed a business plan for a new council-owned and run development company - New Vista Homes.

The initial focus is to develop land owned by the Council and deliver 250 homes over the next three to five years.  

New Vista Homes is a development company with a difference. As it is council-owned it will focus on providing high quality, well-designed homes that are needed locally, addressing gaps in the market. 

Councillors Ghent and Hegley are directors of the company and took no part in the discussion at the Executive Meeting. They will not gain financially from the project.

They will build, for example, homes to rent, accessible homes and homes for older people, alongside market housing for sale.

Cllr Eugene Ghent, Executive Member for Assets and Housing Delivery said, “There are high levels of demand for these types of homes from our residents, but private developers are not supplying enough of them.

“Central Bedfordshire Council already has experience of delivering homes like the large independent living schemes at Priory View in Dunstable and All Saints View in Houghton Regis. This new company will work alongside the Council and will deliver more of the types of housing we need, where and when we need them.”

To find out more, visit www.newvista-homes.co.uk

The initial sites to be developed are:

Dunstable - Court House Ambulance Station
Ampthill - Houghton Lodge
Flitwick - Steppingley Road
Haynes - Northwood End Road
Caddington - Heathfield School
Further detail about the company is available in the Executive papers which are available on the council website.