Planning


Land clearance at Houghton Hall Park to make way for the Visitor Centre


While Planning Applications are decided by Central Bedfordshire Council, the public, the Houghton Regis Town Council, and innumerable other bodies and organisations also contribute to the planning process by making comments in line with National Planning Policies.

Applications made can be searched on Central Bedfordshire Council's planning portal. Use Central Bedfordshire Council zoomable maps to locate a planning application.

Houghton Regis News Desk has created a Planning Applications Support Group on Facebook.

Major applications affecting Houghton Regis up to 2019 are summarised in this pdf summary file maintained by HRND editor, Alan Winter.  You may find a more up-to-date pdf file in the Files of the Houghton Regis Planning Applications Facebook Group

HRN2

This is a development zone bordered by Bedford Road, A5-M1 Link, Watling Street, and the Houghton Regis Chalk Pit. More here.

Kingsland

This is a plot of land on Parkside, Houghton Regis. Central Bedfordshire Council is building a new secondary school here, due to open in September 2022.

History: Before any local consultation had been done, and before any plans were in the public domain it was controversially widely announced that on the Kingsland site in Houghton Regis "They will start work building 1,300 homes just outside Luton in 2017" - bbc.co.uk 21 October 2016 - to date (9/2021), this has not occurred.

CBC - #Kingsland "There Have Been No Decisions, No Deals And No Secret Meetings"

More information on CBC website about the Kingsland project,

Legacy Foundation, go to: http://legacyfoundation.co.uk/.

The controversial Guardian article: 24/9/2016 link.

"A Publicity Stunt Gone Wrong". August 2018

As of 16 October 2018, there have been no planning applications for housing on this site.


Linmere

A Special Linmere report here

Luton North Framework Plan

A special Luton North report here

The Central Bedfordshire Local Plan 2018

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. These sites were also mapped to Houghton Regis Places Map, by HRND editor, Alan Winter.

Local Plan: The Local Plan for housing across Central Bedfordshire is being decided. It includes two new plots of land within Houghton Regis, in addition to those sites that were already identified for development. The first is the Kingdom Hall in Bedford Rd (25 homes), the second is Land east of Parkside, on a plot immediately adjoining Houghton Park Road, and Conquest Rd. The allocation there is for 355 homes.

The consultation on the Local Plan was open between 11 Jan - 22 Feb 2018.

A position statement from CBC was issued in January 2020 with regard to development on HRN1 and HRN2 and it concluded that applications for 990 homes were approved.

On 11 March 2021 a spokesperson for Central Bedfordshire Council said, “As part of the Houghton Regis North (HRN) development, we have granted planning permission for 7,000 homes in Houghton Regis. These homes are part of a wider development that includes a range of leisure, community, and school facilities, and more information on this can be found on our website. In total, we estimate that we will build 8,065 homes in Houghton Regis up until 2035. The locations of the additional 1,065 homes are subject to planning permission.”


Houghton News Desk has more information:

1. New Roads (link)
2. HRN1 (link)
3. HRN2 (link)
4. Luton North Framework Plan (link)
5. Business (link)
6. Development Applications (link)
7. Houghton Regis Planning Applications Facebook Group(link)