Since the inception of the HRN1 project 1,000s of people have attended our public exhibitions, design workshops, visited our website, sent us their questions and talked to us about our proposals at a whole range of different community events. We appreciate how just how passionate the residents of Houghton Regis are about their town and we are incredibly grateful to all of those who took, and continue to take the time work with us.
We are fully committed to the future prosperity of the town and the HRDC has looked to sponsor and actively participate in number of community led events taking place in Houghton Regis and Dunstable, during recent years. Below is a selection of the events HRDC have been involved with during 2017, along with a number of community updates. We will continue to keep this page updated with information on the development of the site, so please check back for more information or alternatively, if you would like to receive our updates please register via on Contact Us Page.
We will be undertaking archaeological works onsite later this month. This will include an archaeological dig in the fields at the northern end of Pastures Way. The works will be carried out by Albion Archaeology. The works are intended to take place between the hours of 8.00am and 7.00 pm Monday to Friday and between the hours of 8.30am and 1.00pm on Saturdays. We anticipate that the field work will be complete by end of year
The HRN1 Project Team fully appreciates the requirement to undertake these works with the minimal of inconvenience to our neighbours and will do everything possible to minimise disruption to the local community. An area of temporary hardstanding will be constructed away from the public highway to prevent arisings (mud and soil) entering the road.
Please note, there will be excavation machinery in operation and consequently the site will be kept secure at all times, and access limited to contractors undertaking the works.
We would like to thank everyone who attended our public exhibition and gave us their feedback. Details of the feedback received and our response to the comments made will be included within the Statement of Community Engagement which will be submitted as part of the application on the Site Wide Masterplan.
We were delighted to be able sponsor this event again this year, and we feel it is the start of the Christmas season for Houghton Regis. The concert has been running since 2002 and all proceeds from ticket sales go the "The Mayor's Appeal Fund" specifically for local charities. This year we were joined by local Town and CBC Councillors for a drink beforehand which was a good opportunity to catch up on all that has happened in Houghton Regis is the past year.
Work has begun to clear up the 200 tonnes of rubbish that were illegally fly tipped on the HRN1 site. We appreciate this is not something that the local community wishes to see and we are grateful for your patience whilst we dealt with this matter. HRDC worked with the relevant authorities to take remedial steps which included testing the waste prior to its removal.
Security measures are in place to protect the site from further trespass and fly tipping and we are reviewing these measures on an ongoing basis.
HRDC was delighted to sponsor the Houghton Regis Carnival again in 2017. The floats on parade are always of an incredibly high standard and this year was no exception. HRN1’s Commercial Manager Russell Goodchild had the pleasure of joining the Town Mayor Joanna Hilliyard to judge the procession competition. It was great to see so many local groups and societies involved in the carnival, and we would like to congratulate all of the winners and runners up.
Along with local MP Andrew Selous, and Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council James Jamieson, HRN1’s Commercial manager Russell Goodchild attended the official opening ceremony of the A5-M1 Link road on the 13th July at The Incuba in Dunstable. Collectively the delivery of HRN1, the A5-M1 Link and the Woodside Connection is crucial to the continued growth of Houghton Regis, Dunstable and the wider area. The HRN1 development is contributing a total of £45 million to help deliver the A5-M1 Link Road, along with land for the Woodside Connection.
HRDC was delighted to attend the evening reception of the new Houghton Regis Mayor Joanne Hillyard on the 24th May following the Council’s Annual General Meeting. It was a great opportunity to meet local stakeholders in the town and to hear about the Mayor’s chosen charities for the year. We look forward to working with the Mayor and the Town Council as we move forward with our plans for HRN1 over the coming year.