What we're exploring at Windsor Drive, Houghton Regis
Outcome of the formal investigation works at Windsor Drive, Houghton Regis
Central Bedfordshire Council will not be progressing any further works on the proposed development of affordable housing at Windsor Drive in Houghton Regis at this time. The decision to pause this proposal has been made because the construction sector is exceptionally volatile currently and costs are rising rapidly. Instead, the Council will proceed with the delivery of other affordable housing schemes that are further along in the design stage. Julie Ogley, Director of Social Care, Health and Housing at Central Bedfordshire Council, said:
Whilst these cost pressures are having an adverse impact on all construction schemes, we think that by waiting 2-3 years, we will be in a better position to revisit and consider the Windsor Drive site. Central Bedfordshire Council will always endeavour to balance local concerns when exploring potential sites to better meet the demand for more affordable homes in Houghton Regis.
There is a high demand for affordable housing in Houghton Regis and we're keen to provide homes to meet this need as close to the demand as possible. Earlier this year, we announced that we're looking to explore the possibility of developing affordable homes on some of the land at Windsor Drive, and enhancing some of the open space.
Absolutely no decisions have been made since then, and we will not be developing any proposals until we have listened to the views of local people. Before we decide if we should progress to developing any proposals, we'll be listening to the views of the public. Find out how you can get involved.
If we do get to a stage where designing homes and enhanced open space becomes a possibility, we will engage local people in that process, and provide an opportunity to say how best the land should be developed.
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