Houghton Regis Timeline 2000 – Present


2001: Houghton Regis population 16,970. Andrew Selous (Conservative) is elected to serve in Parliament for the constituency of South West Bedfordshire. Census details.
2006: 7 June, Co-Op supermarket on High Street is burnt down by an arsonist; Houghton Regis Community Centre above, uninsured, is also lost.
2008: Bedford Square re-developed to create new library, health centre, and community centre.
2009: Houghton Regis Skate Park opens at Tithe Farm Recreation Ground. Bedford Square Centre opens. Facilities include library and health services. 1st April, Bedfordshire County Council is abolished [link], South Bedfordshire District Council is merged with Mid Bedfordshire to form Central Bedfordshire Council.


2010: In February, a volunteer-run news page, Houghton Regis News Desk, is begun as a Facebook Page by town councillor, Alan Winter. This runs until the end of 2022.
A new brick built pavilion for Bowls Club opens at Moore Crescent.
2012: Central Bedfordshire University Technical College is opened in Parkside Drive; Lord Baker plants a tree and HRH Prince Andrew visits on 9th October.
2014: Houghton Regis North development Site 1 (HRN1)
Outline planning permission for HRN1 was granted in 2014.
HRN1 will include:
  1. up to 5,150 new homes of a range of types and sizes
  2. 1 million square feet Lidl warehouse
  3. retail, leisure and offices of around 1 million square feet
  4. new community facilities including new doctors’ surgery, community hall and associated provision
  5. 78 hectares of open space, including community orchards, formal parkland, sports pitches and informal open space
  6. 3 new primary schools
  7. contribution towards secondary school provision at Kingsland or All Saints
  8. major strategic roads – A5-M1 link road, M1 Junction 11A and the Woodside Link – connection between the M1 and Houghton Regis
  9. new infrastructure including foul water and sewerage connections, a local road network and new utilities provision
  10. undergrounding the electricity pylons that currently run parallel to the M1
The developer, Houghton Regis Development Consortium (HRDC), has been working up a comprehensive delivery strategy for HRN1 and the next stage is to develop a site-wide masterplan, a site-wide design code and area masterplans for the site.
2015: A well, millstone, and foundations of a old farmstead are found during the construction of the Woodside Link road between Pastures Way and Parkside Drive.
2015: June, Houghton Hall Park, now jointly managed by Central Bedfordshire Council and Houghton Regis Town Council was awarded a funding bid of £2.2 million to transform the park from Heritage and Big Lottery Funds ‘Parks for People’ grant scheme. For more information about the park click here
2015: Houghton Regis Town Council publishes the Town Plan 2020-2024
Our Vision: Our Town
The plan has identified things to improve on, what you would like to change, and services and
facilities that would improve where you live, play and work.
With the help and support of local organisations, strategic partners, and the community working together we can help to achieve this vision.
Our objectives and aspirations for the next 4 years are listed in the attached booklet:
Our Vision: Our Town 2020-2024 Booklet


2024: April 23rd the Town Council passed the following resolution:
“This Council notes and shares the widespread public disappointment that Central Bedfordshire Council is neglecting The Red House. Further to the very positive viewing of the Red House organised by the Houghton Regis Heritage Society on Thursday, 4th April ’24, with many invited Councillors from Central Bedfordshire and Houghton Regis Town Councils attending. Therefore, I request a recorded vote of Houghton Regis Town Council to agree or disagree on the following point:
1. The Houghton Regis Town Council agrees to work in partnership with the Houghton Regis Heritage Society to secure the Red House for genuine public use.”
2024: The Houghton Regis Neighbourhood Plan is agreed and Published. A referendum was held on 2nd May for the residents to agree it.