Project: Linmere


Project status

Land acquired

Land under promotion

Planning application submitted

Planning application granted

Infrastructure commenced

Land sold to housebuilder

Sites under construction

Development complete

Project overview

Our vision for Linmere is to create a truly great place to live, which people are proud to call home and where they can enjoy a great quality of life.

Linmere will provide 5,100 residential units, two million square feet of commercial and employment accommodation, three new schools and around 80 hectares of open space.

Lands Improvement is delivering all strategic infrastructure, under enhanced design codes, prior to selling fully serviced parcels of land to developers. The infrastructure includes key spine roads and primary on-site road networks; parklands; play areas; sports facilities; allotments; community facilities; all utility connections; SuDS solutions and drainage; earthworks; and visual mitigation.

As a master developer, our focus is not just on delivering developments, but on creating communities.  Our goal with Linmere is to create a community where residents can live, learn, work, play and relax. We are passionate about delivering the very best place possible to achieve these goals, and we are implementing long-term management strategies to ensure the enduring legacy of Linmere for many years to come.

Project progress

Homes are currently being delivered and occupations have begun on the first two parcels of land which were sold to housing developers. We have now sold four parcels of land and developer feedback is extremely positive.

Lands Improvement is now in the process of delivering the Linmere ‘Farmstead’. The Farmstead comprises three distinct buildings – a café, hall and a retail/work unit – with an adventure playground encircling the café. At the heart of the scheme is a sheltered courtyard designed as a place for residents to gather, to support local craft businesses and for holding public, celebratory events.

This important community asset is one of the first to be delivered at the project, to provide a centre for the use of the existing Houghton Regis community as well as for the Linmere residents. It is also the gateway to the adjacent open spaces and neighbouring countryside with its network of paths and bridleways.

In the meantime, the Lidl supermarket has already been completed (it opened at the end of 2021). More local amenity centres will be delivered in the coming few years, to ensure we are offering as wide a mix of amenity as possible for our residents in the early years.

The main open space, Linmere Park, is undergoing final works and will offer open spaces for a wide mix of activity, with a running track, pump track, a measured walking path and multi-use grass areas, as well as wildflower meadows, ponds and planting. This facility will be open to the wider community and has been created at the beginning of the project to ensure early residents are able to make full use of the facilities as soon as they move to Linmere.


Linmere lies to the north of Houghton Regis (adjacent to J11a of the M1) on former Green Belt land.