New Planning Application for Employment Site in Houghton Regis

Fiera Real Estate (FRE UK) and Wrenbridge, in partnership with Henry Davidson Developments, have acquired a five-acre site in an employment area of Houghton Regis, where they have submitted plans to develop a new Grade A warehouse development valued at £22 million.

The site sits in a prime location with easy access to the motorway network via Thorn Road, Houghton Regis, and the A5 dual carriageway.

The site was purchased from a private landowner on behalf of Fiera Real Estate Opportunity Fund V UK (FREOF V UK), the latest fund in Fiera Real Estate’s programmatic venture series with CBRE Global Investment Partners (CBRE GIP) according to PropertyWorld

FRE UK and Wrenbridge have submitted the plans to develop the 100,968 sq ft scheme consisting of six units across four buildings at Thorn Road, Houghton Regis. 

Baytree has already acquired employment sites on the southern side of Thorn Road, a large unit still standing empty since construction, and another site destined to be used by Amazon for local deliveries.

The new application site forms the Employment Land of the Houghton Regis North Site 2 (Bidwell West) outline planning permission granted under CB/15/00297/OUT in 2015. This outline consent was for up to 1,850 dwellings, a primary school, this employment land, plus local centre and community and leisure uses.

Demand for distribution warehouses is said to be very strong across the UK and has remained resilient throughout the pandemic. The new Houghton Regis scheme will help fill the gap in the lack of existing Grade A supply in the area. 

Wrenbridge is partnering with HDD to carry out the development on site. Wrenbridge is a leading UK property company founded in 1993. The company has been successfully developing and investing in properties across the UK for over 25  years.  

Jeff Wilson, Director of Wrenbridge, says, “This is a gateway employment site. We are looking to bring forward a high quality, sustainable scheme to meet the considerable demand in the area from both local and national occupiers.”

Chris Button, Fund Manager of Fiera Real Estate, say, “Investment demand for logistics assets has been resilient throughout the pandemic and there is strong demand for the proposed unit sizes and constrained supply. We have significant funding for more speculative industrial and logistics developments in major urban locations.”

* Full Plans are available on the CBC Planning Portal under  CB/21/01242/FULL or go to and search for CB/21/01242/FULL.

* Images above from Design and Access Statements. These will tell you most of what you may want to know. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here
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