Dunstable masterplan


Dunstable is the oldest charter town in Bedfordshire. Just 30 miles north of London, and surrounded by attractive countryside, it is an historic market town with character and charm, excellent road links thanks to the nearby M1, and is currently home to approximately 36,000 residents.

Dunstable has always been a popular place to live and work. However, the economic downturn and under-investment in the area road infrastructure had left the town with a number of challenges:

  • the A5, which runs the length of the Dunstable High Streets, is severely congested
  • the road effectively cuts the town centre into two parts, making the environment hostile to pedestrians
  • poor air quality further detracts from the environment
  • the retail offer has suffered, with high vacancy rates of retail premises
  • congestion has made travel to Luton and London difficult

All these challenges are being addressed by Central Bedfordshire Council and partners. Substantial progress has already been made to ensure Dunstable is recognised as a great place to live, work, and build businesses.

Find out more on the Dunstable town profile (PDF 850.5KB) and the current economic monitoring report (PDF 1.3MB) for Central Bedfordshire.

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