bpha announces the start of development of 100 mixed tenure homes

five men standing at Linmere site development

bpha is excited to have commenced work to develop 100 new homes as part of a new 650-acre urban village being created at Linmere, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire. The scheme will create 51 homes for affordable rent and 49 for shared ownership comprising a mix of apartments and houses ranging from one bedroom through to three-bedrooms.

Being constructed by The Hill Group, the scheme has been made possible through funding from Homes England and support from Central Bedfordshire Council, the commencement of work was marked officially by The Mayor of Houghton Regis, Cllr Jimmy Carroll on 26 February.

The new Linmere development, is being created over the next 15 years by the Houghton Regis Management Company (HRMC), a consortium comprising developers, Lands Improvement, Aviva Investors, and the Diocese of St Albans.

bpha Chief Executive, Richard Hill said: “We are delighted to have partnered with The Hill Group to bring much needed energy-efficient, affordable housing to the area.

“The new homes will also support our commitment to help develop inclusive communities and provide sustainable homes for now and the future.”

Simon Trice, Managing Director at The Hill Group commented: “We are delighted to commence work on the second phase at Linmere, in partnership with bpha. This exciting milestone will see the delivery of 100 high-quality sustainable homes that will enhance the well-being and lives of many people within the local community for many generations to come.”

An additional 236 homes are set for completion in phase three of the development over the coming years, further solidifying bpha’s commitment to building cohesive neighbourhoods. As part of the development bpha will also deliver three retail units offering locally run shops, in line with Linmere’s 20-minute neighbourhood strategy meaning that residents will never be more than a 20-minute walk or cycle ride away from community facilities, shops, schools and green spaces.

As well as providing affordable homes, this environmentally friendly development will increase biodiversity with open green spaces creating an attractive place to live.