Regeneration of Houghton Regis
Taking an area-wide approach to regeneration in Houghton Regis, we are also exploring options to improve the town centre and existing communities such as Parkside and Tithe Farm.
Kingsland is a 22-hectare site in the town, which includes various education establishments and Houghton Regis Leisure Centre. The site is approximately 50% unused green open space, already identified within the Houghton Regis North 1 (HRN1) development, which includes £21 million for redevelopment.
When we have some proposals to share, we will engage with the local community in the development of these.
To help us with our ambitions we have secured a number of funding streams. These are:
Housing Infrastructure Funding (HIF)
The government has announced that Central Bedfordshire is one of 44 areas shortlisted across the UK for the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF.) However, it has not publicly announced information about specifical bids. The Housing Infrastructure Fund is a competitive process and funding decisions will be announced from autumn 2018.
Estate Regeneration Funding
In 2017, we secured £450,000 of Estate Regeneration Funding from central government for studies and analysis into regeneration options for the Parkside and Tithe Farm estates in Houghton Regis.
These funding streams have allowed us to begin an education review and housing analysis, while also starting engagement with the local community.
We will continue this work and agree priorities for investment with local residents, in partnership with central government.
Planning Delivery Fund
In February 2018, we were successful in being awarded £285,000 to support a pilot project which aims to trial and develop new ways of tackling issues with housing delivery across Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Bedford. This includes support for finding affordable housing solutions with Luton to help secure better cross-boundary agreements.
The bid also proposed a project on housing delivery to tackle the factors behind current build-out rates and the capacity to respond to a major increase in planning approvals.
The funding will be used be used to support Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's programme aims of "supporting ambitious authorities in areas of high housing need to plan for new homes and infrastructure, equipping them with the resources required to deliver against the agenda set out in the Housing White paper.”