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Next phase of Linmere unveiled

Purpose of the Consultation

The purpose of these plans is to provide you, the local community and stakeholders, with the opportunity to comment on our emerging proposals for Area Master Plan 4 (AMP4) – the latest phase in our exciting plans for Linmere.

We want to hear your views and we are keen to listen and better understand your aspirations and thoughts on this latest phase for Linmere, so please take the time to fill in the feedback form and post it back to us using the envelope provided.

If you have any questions you can get in touch with us via:

Email: info@linmere.co.uk

Freephone number: 0800 232 1794

Free Post Address: Freepost LINMERE PHASE 4 CONSULTATION

The one line address above must be written exactly as it appears, nothing else is needed and no stamp is required.

The feedback form is available for download by CLICKING HERE.

Progress Update

Works are rapidly progressing on site, with construction of AMP1 now well underway with two housebuilders delivering homes with new residents having already moved in. The extension of Thornhill Primary School is due to open in September 2022, and the detail design of the Local Centre is being prepared, with delivery in early 2023.

Both AMP2 and AMP3 have now been granted full planning approval, and construction of the roads and open spaces is ongoing, with the first housebuilders to be operative on site by the end of the year.

The Farmstead is now open, with its hall already hosting community activities and events open to new and existing residents of Houghton Regis. The cafe and adventure playground have become a new destination for residents in the a local area. A new dog grooming business has opened with new occupiers for the remaining retail units close to being finalised.

Location of AMP4

Area Masterplan 4 (AMP4) is located west of AMP1 and north of Tithe Farm neighbourhood. It will be accessed directly from the spine street through AMP1 which will link to Bedford Road once completed.

AMP4 will connect directly to Houghton Regis through Tithe Farm Recreation Ground, where existing and proposed routes will allow people to easily walk and cycle between the new and the existing neighbourhoods.

A generous network of green spaces will cross the development linking Houghton Regis to the countryside north of the A5-M1 Link, and the rest of Linmere which will also include Bidwell Park, a new major area of open space which will be part of future development.

AMP4 will provide new residential areas for approximately 1,100 new homes with access to the Local Centre and Primary School within AMP1, and to another Local Centre and Primary School that will be delivered to the west in the future.

Connecting Residents to Nature

Creating a beautiful and active landscape will be the main inspiration for the new neighbourhood, following the principles of activation and inclusivity established for Linmere Park in AMP1.

The existing hedgerows that currently cross the site provide opportunities to create a series of green corridors through the new neighbourhood and link Houghton Regis to the south and the Ouzel Brook to the north.

The existing undulating topography of the site will be remodelled to create the “Beech Hanger”, a linear park built on a winding slope at the western edge of AMP4, which is inspired by the landscape of the Chiltern Hills south of Houghton Regis.

Formal and informal open spaces will be inclusive and accessible to everyone and encourage play, physical activity, gathering and social interaction; contributing to the health and wellbeing of new and existing residents of Houghton Regis.

Enhancing Biodiversity

The network of informal open spaces and corridors will create new spaces offering habitats for a broad range of wildlife and increasing the biodiversity of the site.

A network of sustainable drainage features will be integrated within the open space network, providing surface water attenuation and creating the opportunity to establish wetland habitats.

A green grid of linear parks and accessible green spaces have been designed to include bio-diverse native habitats inspired by the local landscape.

The habitats and open spaces created will offer opportunities for stewardship and education, which are key components of the “Building with Nature” guidelines which is guiding development at Linmere.

Promoting Active Travel

AMP4 will further reinforce Linmere’s aspiration to enable active travel (walking, cycling and public transport) as the easy choice for moving around the site.

The spine road which has been built as part of AMP1 will be extended through AMP4 to provide a bus route to connect the future Local Centre and Primary School west of AMP4, and will eventually be extended to Bedford Road to the west.

A permeable network of local streets will offer choice and flexibility for residents to access individual dwellings while allowing for vehicular connections in a managed and controlled way.

Several walking and cycle access points will allow people to reach the new neighbourhood from both AMP1 and Houghton Regis, giving access to the open space network and to the future development to the west.

How will we achieve this?

To ensure that the design concepts and principles that inspire the masterplan are brought forward through construction into implementation, and that an overall high quality for AMP4 is achieved, an Area Design Code (ADC4) will be developed and be approved by Central Bedfordshire Council as part of the submission. This approved document will be a tool to inform and control future detailed planning submissions prepared by subsequent housebuilders.

Similar to the design codes prepared for previous areas, ADC4 establish design criteria for the themes established at the Outline Planning Permission stage, which include:

Character and architecture

THE CODE WILL COVER:

  • Design requirements for the form, scale and architectural character of buildings
  • Frontage typologies and public realm enclosure
  • Building materials and details

Social cohesion and community spirit

THE CODE WILL COVER:

  • Strategy to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle
  • Access to non-residential uses around the site
  • Integration with the existing community

Mobility, streets and public realm

THE CODE WILL COVER:

  • Street hierarchy
  • Surface materials
  • Walking and cycling routes
  • Parking options
  • Street dimensions
  • Location of bus stop

Green and blue infrastructure

THE CODE WILL COVER:

  • Location of key open spaces
  • Design principles for the layout of each space
  • Planting species
  • Drainage features
  • Boundary treatments
  • Wayfinding and signage

WE want to hear from you

The purpose of these boards is to provide you, the local community and stakeholders, with the opportunity to comment on our emerging proposals for Area Master Plan 4 (AMP4) – the latest phase in our exciting plans for Linmere.

We want to hear your views and we are keen to listen and better understand your aspirations and thoughts on this latest phase for Linmere, so please take the time to fill in the feedback form and post it back to us using the envelope provided.

If you have any questions you can get in touch with us via:

Email: info@linmere.co.uk

Freephone number: 0800 232 1794

Free Post Address: Freepost LINMERE PHASE 4 CONSULTATION

The one line address above must be written exactly as it appears, nothing else is needed and no stamp is required.

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