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North of Luton

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Around 3,600 homes, community facilities and services plus 20ha of employment land.

Where will this development be?

The plan is to expand Luton to the north. This urban extension would lie to the north edge of Luton, between the M1 to the west and the A6 to the east. The villages of Lower Sundon, Upper Sundon and Streatley lie north of the site.

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Watch our video to see what will be in this development, or read more detail below.

What will be included in the development?

The plan will provide:

  • homes for everyone, including affordable housing, starter homes, self/custom build plots and homes to meet all identified needs for older people
  • an Integrated Health and Care Hub, which includes space for a GP surgery *
  • a mix of retail and at least one drinking establishment
  • day nurseries, early years, school and sixth form facilities
  • indoor sport and leisure facilities
  • outdoor sport, leisure and open space, including pavilions and allotments
  • public transport routes through the development that link with Leagrave Train Station and Luton town centre
  • pedestrian and cycle links from the new and existing neighbourhoods
  • green space linking Bramingham Park and George Wood and green space linking Bramingham Wood and Sundon Wood, beneath the current alignment of the pylon lines
  • green space along key routes including the Theedway and appropriately designed natural areas to reduce the visual impact upon the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
  • connection to existing public rights of way and adjoining the site to provide routes to the wider countryside and neighbouring settlements
  • a cycleway connection to route 6 of the national cycleway network, new crossings on the A6 and crossings over the new link road
  • landscaping will be used to reduce the impact on the AONB and this will create a long term defensible Green Belt boundary
  • noise reduction fencing will be used to reduce noise from the new M1-A6 link road.

The future M1-A6 link road is critical for this development.

* The council can provide land and a building for GP surgeries, however the provision of GPs and other medical services is the responsibility of the NHS.

The 20 hectares of employment land will be to the west of the site centred around the new 11a junction on the M1 and will include:

  • offices
  • general industrial businesses
  • storage and distribution

How will the development be progressed?

There will be further engagement and consultation with the local community to develop a Masterplan for the development in the future. This will be an opportunity to discuss specific facilities and details.

The actual build will be phased: not all of the homes will be built in one go, it is likely to take several years. The timing will be aligned with the supporting infrastructure, community facilities and new M1-A6 link road.