Who's Doing What at 'Land East of Houghton Park Rd' Site for 355 homes

  • Homes England has appointed the Tibbalds CampbellReith joint venture for its Houghton Regis housing project.

The project will be led by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design as masterplanner and planning consultant with Campbell Reith providing engineering, transport and environmental expertise.

The 14.72-hectare greenfield site is located east of Houghton Park Road in Houghton Regis. 

It is one of 48 small and medium-size sites that have been allocated in the recently adopted Central Bedfordshire Local Plan. It could deliver 355 new homes as part of this wider growth area.

Development of the site stalled when a previous housebuilder wound down its business and it is now a Homes England * project.

The multidisciplinary team will create a masterplan and outline planning application for the site, covering project management, planning, technical, design and engagement/communication as part of its scope.

Katja Stille, director at Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, said, “Houghton Park Road is located between existing development and a much larger urban extension. In that context the size of the site may not be very significant, but its location means it serves an important role in terms of achieving connectivity and integration regarding active transport and green-blue infrastructure.

“The clear objective of this project is to unlock the site for housing delivery. This means a workable masterplan and the right planning consent brought forward in good time, all with phasing, viability and other technical considerations factored in.

“Given the history of the site, winning the trust locally and building a positive relationship is important to us to ensure the masterplan works for both the existing and new community.”

* The TibbaldsCampbellReith JV was specifically established to meet Homes England’s requirements. During its 10+ years’ working relationship its track record includes projects such as Lightmoor in Telford, which is now fully delivered, Coypool, where the team helped unlock a constrained access situation and recently West Lane, Ripon where it delivered a Reserved Matters Application (RMA) on an extremely short timetable to keep the existing outline consent alive.

* The Houghton Regis team also includes TEP (landscape ecology), PlaceChangers Ltd (provision of community engagement platform), CgMs Consulting/RPS (Heritage and Archaeology), and Lambeth Smith Hampton (viability consultants).

* Homes England is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities .