Great Places: Dunstable
The oldest charter town in Bedfordshire, Dunstable is an historic market town with character and charm and is surrounded by attractive countryside. Located just 30 miles north of London, the town has excellent transport links and is currently home to approximately 37,500 residents.
Dunstable has always been a popular place to live and work. However, traffic congestion along the high street has created a number of challenges for the town. The rich history and market town characteristics of Dunstable's high street have for many years been overshadowed by heavy traffic.
The next few years mark a significant turning point for the town. In 2011 we published a strategy outlining a number of initiatives for regenerating Dunstable and since then we have been working alongside our partners to create a vibrant and attractive town centre for people to live, work, play, visit and shop.
Significant progress is being made to improve the transport links, including the Luton-Dunstable Guided Busway (opened 2013) and the A5-M1 link and Woodside link roads (due to open in 2017), which will also improve congestion in Dunstable’s town centre by diverting motorway traffic.
We helped to facilitate and speed up the development of the Woodside Industrial Estate and adjacent commercial area by adopting a Local Development Order in May 2014. This has enabled swift planning decisions for Prologis Park and companies Amazon, Lowri Beck and Icopal.
We are currently working on a number of other initiatives, such as the redevelopment of Dunstable’s leisure centre and library, with the aim of making Dunstable a great place to live, work, and build businesses.