Progress on 'The Brook' at Windsor Drive Houghton Regis

The Brook is a new build development in Windsor Drive, Houghton Regis.

The Brook, Windsor Drive, Houghton Regis

This 20 unit transitional housing scheme includes three flats for disabled people and will house those in housing need. It will include communal facilities including a kitchen, living/dining area, laundry and a private garden area.  

Key facts about The Brook:  
  • the finished development will consist of 20 one-bedroom units, with communal facilities and office space
  • three of the units will be wheelchair accessible
  • the scheme will be managed by the Central Bedfordshire Council(CBC) housing service, which also manages other similar schemes in Dunstable, Sandy and Flitwick
  • CBC will work with tenants during their stay to identify suitable settled accommodation and, where required, support them to develop the skills needed to sustain longer-term housing solutions
CBC has a legal duty to provide accommodation to households who require emergency accommodation when they become homeless. People in housing need are people experiencing highly stressful situations having lost their home. 

Homeless families are not typically rough sleepers; many were with private landlords who asked them to leave, those whose families can’t accommodate them any further, or those escaping Domestic Violence. 

The Brook will have staff on hand to offer help and support to those going through traumatic times in their lives.

A number of residents will not own a car so being on a bus route was an important choice of location.

Official construction work hours are Monday to Friday 7.30am until 6pm and, when needed, on Saturdays from 8am until 1pm. Noisy works should not occur before 8am.

Frequently Asked Questions taken from CBC website 8 Feb 2022:
What is the average length of expected tenure?
This will vary for each applicant, but it is likely to be between one week and several months. Occupants will be given a licence rather than a tenancy agreement due to the short-term nature of the accommodation.

Will tenants have support needs?
The building has not been designed specifically to house individuals with support needs. Each prospective tenant would be subject to a ‘no high risk’ assessment. Floating support will be provided when it is identified that an individual has a support need. There will also be an on-site Scheme Manager who will provide support to tenants. Where it is identified that an individual has high support needs, a different, more specialised type of facility would be required.

What type of training will be given to tenants?
The training / support provided will be dependent on the needs of the individual. If needed, training will be focused on providing the individual with the ability to sustain longer term housing solutions. The accommodation will provide a degree of stability within which people can get into a more sustainable solution for tenancy.

What will be the management arrangements?
The scheme will be managed by Central Bedfordshire Council. The building incorporates office space for a Scheme Manager, who will be on site a minimum of three mornings a week. There will be a call out operation, with out of hours for emergencies only.

Will tenants be asked to leave during the day?
No, the scheme is not a Night Shelter. Residents might be undertaking training or receiving support during the day by our staff or other agencies.

Progress Pictures taken 8 Feb 2022:

A Council spokesperson said: “The Brook is due for completion in the spring. There will then be a period of time to prepare the building for use, and local neighbours will be invited to visit and have a look at the accommodation and outside areas.”