Houghton Regis North Site 1, Central Bedfordshire Council

Project Details

Client: Houghton Regis Management Company – Lands Improvement, Aviva, Diocese of St Albans
Website: www.hrn1.co.uk

Project Summary

  • Up to 5,150 new homes
  • A5-M1 Link Road
  • 130,500m2 gross of employment land
  • Up to 30,000m2 gross of retail space
  • Up to 45,000m2 of leisure and community uses
  • 3 new primary schools, an extension to an existing primary school and a new secondary school

PDL Activities & Achievements

  • Helped secure unanimous outline consent for 260 hectares of greenbelt development in advance of Central Bedfordshire’s Local Plan
  • Secured the support of key political stakeholders including the local MP, parish and town councillors
  • Minimal local objections (less than 10), which was referred to by the SoS for not calling in the application
  • Delivery of ongoing consultation events including exhibitions, design workshops, stakeholder briefings, school and youth engagement during the detailed design stages
  • Ongoing community engagement to support the site wide area masterplans and area design codes
  • Effective press office function securing positive local media coverage
  • Positively promoting the client team within the community through participation in local events, local sponsorship and community briefings
  • 24/7 contact for all public enquiries including a dedicated Freephone number
  • Retained by the client team for over five years, with ongoing support continuing for further project phases