Linmere (pre-development name HRN1)

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HRN1 is 262 hectares of open fields being championed by a developers consortium (Lands Improvement Holdings, owned by BlackRock, Axa Real Estate and the St Albans Diocesan Board of Finance). (see Telereal Trillium acquires L.I.H )  The land is to the north, northeast, and east of Houghton Regis, bounded by the line of the A5-M1 link, in the north, the M1 motorway in the east, Lewsey Farm in the south, Bedford Road in Houghton Regis in the west. HRN1 scheme is for up to 5,150 new homes and associated infrastructure, schools, playing fields, shops, offices, warehouses.

Planning documents

The planning documents are available here (Cbstor/centralbedfordshire...CB/12/03613/OUT) and here

Download HRN1 flyer.


Provisional plans for this area were on public exhibition in February 2018. A Design Guide for AMP1 was brought forward in Sept 2018 (see link).

HRN1 Renamed as Linmere April 2019.

Houghton News Desk has more information:

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

The Linmere Development

The Linmere development is being brought forward by the Houghton Regis Management Consortium (HRMC), comprising Lands Improvement, Aviva and the Diocese of St Albans.
Outline planning consent was granted for the site in 2014, the initial application is still available on Central Bedfordshire Council’s Planning Applications pages using reference CB/12/03613/OUT.
Prior to the launch of the Linmere brand in May 2019, the development was previously known as HRN1

About Linmere

Linmere is a place to put down roots. The development will deliver 5,150 homes, of a wide range of type, style, and character homes, as well as three state-of-the-art primary schools, retail, leisure and entertainment offerings along with employment opportunities for new and existing residents alike. Linmere will be an exciting new collection of leafy and walkable neighbourhoods, situated north of Houghton Regis and nestled into verdant surroundings, with its first homes available in 2020. The Farmstead, a new centre and community hub at the heart of the development, is due to open in 2021.

About Lands Improvement Holdings

Lands Improvement Holdings (‘Lands Improvement’), is one of the UK’s leading strategic land development companies and master developers. The company acquires greenfield and brownfield land, priming the land for residential-led development by obtaining outline planning and delivering strategic infrastructure. The portfolio of landholdings consists of around 4,000 acres of land across the UK – a total of 20 assets with 28 live projects at stages from planning promotion to land sales. The history of Lands Improvement can be traced back to 1853; the company being founded to provide capital assistance to farmers. Today, Lands Improvement continues to work with farmers and a wide range of landowners to assess development potential of sites and add value through planning and infrastructure delivery. Lands Improvement is part of the Telereal Trillium Group.


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