Marsh Farm development reaching end of first phase

9th March, 2017

Marsh Farm development reaching end of first phase

Work is progressing well on the £25 million regeneration of Marsh Farm with phase 1 of the scheme approaching completion. It is hoped that the new shops will be open by July 2017. They will have 24 new one and two bedroom flats above them, which will be let to local residents.

The shops in the Purley Centre will continue to trade until the new ones are open for business. When the shopping centre is vacant the demolition of the Purley Centre will take place to allow the building of a further 93 new homes that are scheduled to be completed by December 2018.

The scheme, funded entirely by LBC, is being delivered in partnership with community regeneration and housebuilding company, Keepmoat, and will provide brand new and modern residential units and retail facilities in the central area of Marsh Farm. This, along with associated landscaping works, is set to completely rejuvenate the whole area.

Cllr Tom Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “The work on the Marsh Farm development is now well underway and the completion of phase 1 will see our first milestone in this exciting redevelopment which will make such a positive difference to Marsh Farm.  The high quality homes and shops will bring long-term social and economic benefits for local people.”

Local residents and businesses have helped shape the Marsh Farm redevelopment through a project steering group. A dedicated website has been set up so that residents can monitor what is happening in connection with the site.

Luton Council’s key focus is the Luton Investment Framework – an ambitious plan for major town-wide transformation.  Together with partners, the Council is on schedule to secure £1.5 billion investment to transform the town and create 18,500 quality jobs for local people; while driving improvements to health and wellbeing, creating opportunities for residents, raising aspirations and enhancing prosperity across the town.