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Links to Local Developments

While this list may not be complete at any particular moment in time, further searches for relevant planning applications can be conducted by going to 

Completed Schemes

Farriers Way - 52 homes.

APPROVED ON 09/07/2003

Aldwyck Housing - land at Sandringham Drive.

179 dwellings. APPROVED ON 27/03/2009

Land near Maiden Bower scheduled monument

Proposal for 650 homes
Outline REFUSED 14/11/2011   Documents link.
Refusal File Note

Tilia Park

140 homes at land adjacent to Houghton Regis Quarry. Outline Approved 20/10/2010
includes a Management Plan for  Houghton Regis Chalk Pit.

Brambles Edge

- rear of The Firs, East End, Houghton Regis. APPROVED ON 11/06/2012

Morrisons supermarket

- APPROVED ON 9/06/2012

Developing Schemes

The Houghton Regis North Framework Plan

The Houghton Regis North Framework Plan

The Woodside Link A5505

The Woodside Link (CBC website). The Woodside Link (planning inspectorate).
CBC Dedicated Facebook Page  Development Consent Order Plans on CBC Planning site.

Houghton Regis North 1

5150 new homes, 10% to be affordable housing.
HRN1 website. Outline appnumber=CB/12/03613. Approved 02/Jun/2014.

Regent's Place

Taylor-Wimpey 169 new homes bounded by Bedford Road, Churchfield Rd, Bidwell hamlet, Bidwell Gospel Hall.
appnumber=CB/14/03056. APPROVED 13/Mar/2015

Houghton Regis North 2

This plan includes an urban extension of Houghton Regis, situated north of Houghton Regis Chalk Quarry, west of Bedford Road, east of the A5, and south of the A5-M1 link road itself opening in 2017. It will provide up to 1850 new homes, 2 FE Primary Schools, employment land, local centre.

Application: CB/15/00297.
Outline approved on 22/July/2015. Approval event filmed, watch here.
Following the completion of the S.106 Legal agreement, consent was issued 18 NOV 2015.
Facebook Page (independent of the scheme) HRN2 Bidwell West Info

Houghton Regis Places Map.

Beechcroft Residential Development

62 new homes west of Old Red Lion, Bedford Rd.
appnumber=CB/14/03047. Outline APPROVED 24/Mar/2015.

Members of CBC Planning Committee approved the development of up to 62 dwellings in Green Belt subject to prior consultation with the Secretary Of State. The site formed an undeveloped parcel of land comprising 3.18 ha. The LPA accepted Hunter Page Planning argument, that the application site was allocated for development within the emerging development plans and there was a strong likelihood that the site would be allocated as part of the Development Plan in the future. Furthermore, it was argued by HPP, and accepted by the LPA, that the site would not serve any of the five purposes for including the land within the Green Belt. Together, these factors were considered very special circumstances sufficient to outweigh the harm identified.


East of Houghton Park Road

350 homes land east of Houghton Park Road - Scoping Opinion.
appnumber=CB/14/02824. August 2014.
Put on hold for 2 years.
appnumer=CB/16/04030/SCO Scoping Opinion submitted  for 385 homes 18/7/2016.

The former Windy Willows nursery

53 new homes at the former Windy Willows nursery, Sundon Road (withdrawn)

The former Windy Willows nursery

30 new homes at the former Windy Willows nursery, Sundon Road
appnumber=CB/15/02223. Permission was granted 18 May 2016.

12 x 1 bedroom flats at the former Dog And Duck car park

appnumber=CB/14/03488. APPROVED ON 22/Dec/2014

58 Bed Nursing Home, Tithe Farm Road

Close to the junction with Recreation Road.
appnumber=CB/13/03357 - APPROVED 08/Jan/2014

Houghton Hall Park

Heritage Hub and Visitor Centre, Houghton Hall Park

Heritage Hub and car park expansion at Houghton Hall Park, site owned by Central Bedfordshire Council.
appnumber=CB/13/01022. APPROVED ON 23/May/2013.
Website: for this and associated Heritage Lottery Funding redevelopment of Houghton Hall Park.

Land at Luton Road

Land adjacent to, and to the north west of, Vauxhall Motors, Luton Road, Chalton.
appnumber=CB/15/00979. Approved 19 Nov 2015.

Land at Thorn Turn - Waste Park, Highways Depot, Employment Site

Development of a Waste Park comprising waste transfer station, split level household waste recycling centre and resale building, together with new access road from Thorn Road.


Highways Depot. Construction of the facility is expected to take 18 months to complete between August 2015 and February/March 2017. Six months of this would be site preparation which would include constructing the site access road and building up the general level of the site.


Location: Land at Thorn Thorn Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU6 1RT

Proposal: Regulation 3 - OUTLINE APPLICATION: Erection of up to 61,336m of B1, B2 and/or B8 employment development floorspace with associated infrastructure and ancillary works. All matters reserved except means of access from Thorn Road.

Houghton Regis Central

A £22m development for 170 independent living units for older people, community spaces, heritage offering, plus retail and associated car parking, on the site of Red House Court and land formerly leased to a retail store in Houghton Regis town centre. This scheme is mastered by Central Bedfordshire Council Housing department, who are the freeholders of the site.

16/03378/FULL. Consultation start date 12/08/2016. Decision 9/11/2016. Filmed decision meeting.

16/03379/LB Listed Building consents (alter/extend) affects Red House.

Read article.        Facebook Discussion Group            CBC Website

Planning permission approved 9 Nov 2016


This is a plot of land on the Parkside estate, Houghton Regis. 'Legacy' and Central Bedfordshire Council are working towards establishing the financial models, the most sustainable housing and facility mix and the best design and layout, which can unlock this site’s potential, with the aim to submit outline planning permission later in 2016.

Before any local consultation had been done, and before any plans were in the public domain it was controversially widely announced that "They will start work building 1,300 homes just outside Luton in 2017" - 21 October 2016

More information on CBC website about the Kingsland project,

Legacy Foundation, go to:

Guardian article: 24/9/2016 link.

Other Land Earmarked for Consideration of Development in Houghton Regis Parish

Call for Sites: Central Bedfordshire Council launched their Local Plan in February 2016. 'Call for Sites' ran until April 2016. This was an opportunity for agents, landowners and developers to submit land which they believed could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs.

The full list of sites that were submitted was published on 25 May 2016. Only an estimated 4-6 per cent of the total land that has been submitted will need to be allocated to deliver the new homes that are needed [ref.]. The opportunity to comment on the shortlist of sites will begin in December 2016. 

Within Houghton Regis parish the following plots of land are listed (follow link below for map). In case of any doubt, refer to the official land list . Essentially the sites are mostly plots along Thorn Road and Bedford Road in Bidwell, plus a significant other site of the Windsor Drive Recreation Ground. All of these sites are indicated as potential Residential, except ALP258 which is potentially for employment. None of these sites are considered for G&T.

A map can be found on CBC website here:
  • ALP144 North West Dunstable Houghton Regis 44.0266 hectares
  • ALP164 Land at Frenchs Avenue, Dunstable Houghton Regis 4.2617 hectares
  • ALP253 The Stables, Driveside Cottage, Bedford Road, Bidwell, Houghton Regis 1.9804 hectares
  • ALP254 The Gate, Midway Cottage, Bedford Road, Bidwell, Houghton Regis 3.7469 hectares
  • ALP255 The Orchard, Bedford Road, Bidwell, Houghton Regis 0.848 hectares
  • ALP256 The Field, Bedford Road, Bidwell, Houghton Regis 1.5156 hectares
  • ALP257 The Turn, Bedford Road, Bidwell, Houghton Regis 1.5426 hectares
  • ALP258 Land north off proposed A5-M1 link Road Land north of Bedford Road, Bidwell, Houghton Regis 2.9724 hectares
  • ALP259 Land west of Bedford Road, Bidwell, Houghton Regis 4.6285 hectares
  • ALP260 The Bidwell Vision Land at Bidwell and Parcels Comprising the Bidwell Vision, Bidwell, Houghton Regis 15.1312 hectares
  • ALP299 Land west of Coopers Way Land north and west of Coopers Way and Arnold Way, Houghton Regis 1.188 hectares
  • ALP307 Bidwell Gospel Hall (Dell Mount), Bedford Road, Houghton Regis 0.7763 hectares
  • ALP380 Land at east side of Houghton Road, Houghton Regis 0.9336 hectares
  • ALP432 Highfield Barn Land at Highfield Barn, Bedford Road, Bidwell, Houghton Regis 0.8689 hectares
  • ALP481 Land off Bedford Road, Houghton Regis 2.2365 hectares
  • NLP024 The Bungalow Land at the Bungalow, Bedford Road, Bidwell, Houghton Regis LU5 6JS Houghton Regis 1.069 hectares
  • NLP040 The Orchard, Bedford Road, Houghton Regis LU5 6JJ Houghton Regis 0.848 hectares
  • NLP132 Land west of Bedford Rd, Bidwell, LU5 6JP Houghton Regis 4.62 hectares
  • NLP257 Houghton Regis North Land between the M1 and Bedford Road, north of Houghton Regis 261 hectares
  • NLP274 Land west of Coopers Way North and west of Coopers Way and Arnold Way Houghton Regis LU5 5EP 0.9957 hectares
  • NLP285 Oakwell Park, Thorn Rd, Thorn, Houghton Regis LU5 6JH Houghton Regis 6.7841 hectares
  • NLP306 Totternhoe Land to the west of Beecroft off Hillcroft, Houghton Regis 19.3006 hectares
  • NLP334 The Gates Land to the North East of Bedford Rd, Houghton Regis 4.2 hectares
  • NLP344 Land at Windsor Drive Windsor Drive, Houghton Regis 4.7308 hectares. If this site is developed, they would have to hand back open space of similar or better value, as it is a designated Open Space protected by NPPF.
  • NLP345 Bidwell Farm House, Bedford Rd, Bidwell, LU5 6JS Houghton Regis 1.8754 hectares
  • NLP346 Bedford Road, Bidwell, Houghton Regis LU5 6JS 2.582 hectares

These are also mapped to Houghton Regis Places Map

CB/16/02086 Bury Spinney, Thorn Road, Up to 100 houses.
Consultation start date 31/05/2016.
Application withdrawn 26/8/2016; thought that developers will seek to develop with HRN2 developers.

Oakwell Park, Thorn

CB/16/05701/OUT, situated between Thorn Road and the A5-M1 Link currently with a farmed field to the west and another farmed plot to the east. The application site has a large dwelling with outhouses, paddock, ancient monument moat and County Wildlife Site incorporating ancient woodland dating back to before 1796.

Much of the woodland would be untouched.

Story on HRND.

The Orchard, Bidwell, Houghton Regis

Outline planning application for "Demolition of existing buildings/structures and redevelopment of site to provide 21 dwellings, an estate road, landscaping and associated works" at Bedford Road, Bidwell, Houghton Regis. 7 of the 21 homes would be "affordable". CB/17/00501/OUT

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