CBC Applies for Permission to Build a Leisure Centre in Houghton Regis




Plans have been submitted for, “Development of a new leisure centre, incorporating landscaping and parking provisions. Demolition of the existing [school] building and the construction of a new facility to include an eight-lane 25-metre community swimming pool, dedicated learner pool, confidence pool, fitness suite, exercise studio and two squash courts. Building to include a café, community space, creche, children's outdoor play zone and an outdoor fitness trail and public area.”

Application Type: Regulation 3
Date Received: 16 / 12 / 2021
Registration (Validation) Date: 17 / 12 / 2021
Consultation Start Date: 17 / 12 / 2021
Earliest Decision Date (Consultation Period Expires): No date
Target Date for Decision: 18 / 03 / 2022
Case documents: LINK

This application outlines the work to be undertaken on behalf of Central Bedfordshire. According to the Design and Access Statement, members of the design team have been working on this design between late 2020 and October 2021.

Design Principles


• Tactile and understated elevations.
• Prominent entrance and approach.
• Functional and robust external public space.
• A clear sense of scale to and mass within the wider context.
• Areas of transparency on the façade, maximising views in and out, openings with scale and impact.
• Refined material palette that complements the proposal, the site and context.
• The formation of a central core space, a hub of activity and movement to act as the heart of the building with views into key spaces such as pool hall.
• Legibility - good wayfinding relationships of internal spaces.
• A layout that responds to the requirements of commercially effective operating principles.
• Integrated and cohesive public facilities.
• Significantly improved sustainability.
• Natural light and surrounding views maximised.
• Design durability and versatility.
• Materiality of the ‘key’ facade blends the building within its setting whilst maintaining a contemporary feel.

The Site



The frontage of the site will be to Sundon Road and Parkside Drive.

Bus Stops


The site will be served by existing or planned bus stops.

Inside - Ground Floor


The proposals for the ground floor include an open café / foyer space, the central control and reception area, Pool Hall with 25m 8 lane main pool alongside a learner pool, confidence water and spectator seating. 

Inside - 1st Floor


First floor will include a fitness suite with views to hub and Cafe into the pool hall, a spin studio, squash courts, multi-use studio for dance and aerobics etc., and creche.

The roof will include solar panels.

Much of the area presently occupied by the academy will be landscaped. About half of the present academy playing field will be given over to parking. 

A scrub area to the NE of the site will remain undeveloped.

To find out more about the plans go to this link on the CBC planning portal.

  • 23 Dec 2021 - To make a public comment on the CBC Planning Portal go to this link










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