We were appointed by Central Bedfordshire Council to undertake an Urban Capacity Potential Study of the urban areas of Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis. The Council considers these areas as extremely important in terms of their contribution to the local housing stock. The purpose of the Study was therefore to assess the future housing delivery potential of the area and help secure its future.
In undertaking this Study, we assessed and confirmed the residential development potential of sites within the Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis area. As part of this, a rigorous assessment of previously discounted sites and lower quality employment land was undertaken. In addition, we also subjected all potential housing capacity to a range of density scenarios which aimed to maximise density around town centres and highly assessable transport locations. In combination with this, we sought to decrease housing density in rural fringe locations.
The Study provided the evidence base underpinning Central Bedfordshire Council’s submissions to the Luton Local Plan Examination. On behalf of the Council, our submissions sought to ensure that, in accordance with national policy, Luton made the most efficient use of previously developed land within the existing urban area of the town before seeking to develop greenfield land outside the settlement boundary.