Kingsland is a 22-hectare site in Houghton Regis. The site is approximately 50% unused green open space, already identified within the Houghton Regis North 1 (HRN1) development for redevelopment.
The site includes various education establishments (University Technical College, Central Bedfordshire College, Houghton Regis Academy, Chiltern Special School, Academy of Central Bedfordshire, Priory Parkside, Kingfishers, the council’s Adult Skills Service) and Houghton Regis Leisure Centre.
About the scheme
We are committed to improving less advantaged areas of Central Bedfordshire and the site has been identified by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Legacy for development and regeneration.
Legacy is led by major sports personalities and aims to improve the lives of young people through sport. They aim to provide life skills, employment skills and motivation.
The site will also become home to a world-class Sports Academy and a possible base for the sports star’s own Foundation where he will personally coach aspiring young footballers.
They will look to re-provide current education and leisure facilities as well as building a mix of affordable, social, rented and privately owned housing.
This innovative regeneration approach is supported by Central Government.
Kingsland is in the 20% most deprived areas in the UK and 41% of children live in income deprived households (compared to 13% for Central Bedfordshire and 28% for Houghton Regis).
Who is involved?
Central Bedfordshire Council.
Legacy is a development company fronted by former England football captain Rio Ferdinand along with partners, West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble and Brighton & Hove Albion striker Bobby Zamora.
The Department for Communities and Local Government are supporting the project.
Aviva Investors are backing the project in association with development partners.
We are exploring funding options to ensure costs are recoverable and no additional burden falls to Central Bedfordshire residents and taxpayers. Financial viability is being looked at in detail and supported through expert advice.
We will only proceed with the project if the finances balance.
If this redevelopment does not happen, the Houghton Regis North 1 (HRN1) development already includes funding of £21million for regeneration of the site.
An announcement was made on Thursday, March 17, 2016, which was a statement of intent that all partners are committed to exploring the project further.
Partners have now entered into a six-month period of exclusivity to achieve planning permission and try to progress the project. If this is achieved then the initial aim is for Legacy to start on site in early 2017 and deliver the first high-quality homes within a year of that date.
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Video: Football stars visit Kingsland