Houghton Regis Central is the working title for a 170 unit development for Central Bedfordshire Council for elderly people on the site between Clarkes Way and the High Street, facing eastwards onto the Village Green.
An architect has been appointed - Kyle Smart Associates - after a shortlist of candidates were given a chance to shine. They were responsible for the work at Priory View, Dunstable. Priory View is a new housing development in the centre of Dunstable offering a total of 83 one and two bedroom apartments Extra Care facility for older people (brochure.pdf) Applications, etc.
A 3D model is in the making, akin to Minecraft, which can be adjusted and tweaked as feedback starts to come back from selected interest groups. This is expected to be available to the public very early in the new year.
Another firm has been appointed to undertake the public consultation work, and raise further awareness and get more feedback. They are due to make a presentation to the Town Council on 1st February, and earlier exhibitions may take place in Bedford Square Community Centre.
If all goes well, a planning application could be submitted in the Spring. Equally, if something comes up that throws a financial spanner into the scheme, or an unachievable objective comes along, then the scheme might not happen at all.
To find out more, we have a Facebook Group Houghton Regis Central: https://www.facebook.com/groups/houghtonregiscentral