Crown Estate plans for large east Luton development progress

An aerial view of the west of Cockernhoe site
An aerial view of the west of Cockernhoe site

The Crown Estate is pushing ahead with hotly debated plans for hundreds of new homes on Luton’s eastern border.

The 34 hectare green belt site to the north of Wigmore and the west of Cockernhoe will be the topic of conversation at two public consultations to be held on January 15 and 16.

The Luton Road site is currenly green belt land

The Luton Road site is currenly green belt land

The Crown Estate has not yet publicly announced how many homes it intends to build on the site, though a preliminary document submitted to North Herts District Council (NHDC) in July suggests that 600 units could be built.

The plan would effectively merge east Luton with Cockernhoe and Mangrove Green.

The land is adjoined to the large Wandon Park site to the east, which for years has also been eyed for significant development.

In August 2013 Bloor Homes submitted an application for 1,050 homes on Wandon Park– but it was later withdrawn.

Combined the two sites could add up to 2,100 homes to the area, a figure which opponents have said will change east Luton ‘beyond all recognition’.

> Consultation events will take place at Cockernhoe Memorial Hall between 3pm and 7.30pm on January 15 and at Wigmore Church between 10am and 1pm on January 16.