Dunstable Health and Care Hub & Housing Development Plans Approved


New plans to deliver joined-up health and care services in one location in Dunstable were given the green light at Central Bedfordshire Council's (CBC) Development Management Committee on 14 October.

Subject to ‘call-in’, the decision means that a new health and care hub could be offering local residents health, care and voluntary services all under one roof from 2023, with construction starting this winter.

The application also included 98 apartments for over 55s, distributed in three blocks with access, parking, landscaping and associated infrastructure. Designed to meet the need for older people’s housing in the area, the apartments are intended for older people, who want to live independently but are finding it difficult to manage in the home they are living in – maybe because of mobility issues, health needs or just the upkeep of a bigger house. 


CBC are working alongside Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) to deliver the project. BCCG is an NHS organisation responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for Central Bedfordshire, including hospital, community health and mental health services.

The hub, along with apartments, will be set on the open land next to Dog Kennel Path, behind Grove Theatre and next to Go Bowling. It will mean excavating land. 

The exact configuration of the services included has not yet been finalised, but facilities provided could be:

  • GP and other medical services
  • children’s services
  • adult social care
  • community wellbeing and mental health services
  • public health services like the Stop Smoking service
  • voluntary and carer support
  • a café space
The BCCG ran a consultation in 2019 for patients at three local general practices, considering relocating to the hub.

Find out more about the hub in Dunstable.

Councillor Tracey Stock, our Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing and Communities, said, “This is a huge step forward in a really key project – not just for us, but more importantly for local people. With the population in the Dunstable and Houghton Regis areas expected to grow significantly over the next two decades, with increasing health needs, the proposal for a modern, centrally located health and care facility is designed to meet that demand. It’s about delivering both health and social care in a joined-up way to suit local people.”

Councillor Carole Hegley, CBC's Executive Member for Adults, Social Care, Customer Services and Housing Operations said, “These apartments are really for those who want to live independently but are finding it difficult to manage in the home they are living in – maybe because of mobility issues, health needs or just the upkeep of a bigger house. They’re in the centre of town, with easy access to health services, shops and leisure facilities.

Consultation has shown CBC that people have some questions about parking, travel and the type of homes being proposed and so have created a dedicated webpage going through some of those questions. 

The planning approval also puts some conditions on travel plans and parking management.

Going forward, CBC say they will be contacting and engaging with key groups to shape the spaces inside and make the Hub a really valuable community facility for Dunstable.

  • Find out more about this planning application and scheme for Dunstable



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