Go ahead given for new leisure centre building in Houghton Regis

  • A new leisure centre for Houghton Regis was given planning permission, today, during a Development Management Committee meeting at Central Bedfordshire Council.

Visualisation of new leisure centre

The application(*) did not include a hall for large-scale sports, although it did include landscaping and 236 parking spaces, 52  cycle  parking  spaces, demolition of the existing building and the construction of a new facility to include an eight-lane 25-metre swimming pool, a dedicated learner pool, a confidence pool, a fitness suite, an exercise studio and two squash courts

The site is in close proximity to bus stops.

Within the building will be a cafĂ©, a  community space,  a creche,  a children’s outdoor play-zone, and an outdoor fitness trail and public area. The project benefits from a £20m Government Levelling Up Fund grant toward the £25m project.

The leisure  centre  will be located on the site of the existing secondary school and, as a result, approving this application will result in allowing the demolition of the existing secondary school. The construction of a replacement secondary school is already underway. 

The application site will be accessed via existing access, which runs through the Kingsland Campus site from Parkside Drive. In addition to this vehicular access, three new pedestrian access points would be provided. Two of the pedestrian access points would be provided along Sundon Road, whilst another would be provided along Parkside Drive. The site would also allow access to the wider Kingsland site to the south and east.


The proposed hours of use are Monday to Friday: 06:30 – 22:00, Saturday: 08:00 – 18:30, Sundays: 08:00 – 19:00.

Construction is expected to start in autumn 2022 and the new centre will be open in 2024.

The existing Houghton Regis Leisure Centre will remain open until the new centre is complete to ensure residents have continuous access to leisure provision.

Further details in the background report to the committee.