Leighton Buzzard and Linslade

Leighton-Linslade regeneration

We want Leighton-Linslade to be a great place to live and work and here you can read about what we're doing to improve and develop the area to attract new investment, unlock new development and enhance the town centre.

About Leighton-Linslade

The merged towns of Leighton Buzzard and Linslade are located around 30 miles north of London on either side of the River Ouzel. They are close to the M1 motorway and A5 trunk road, and served by the West Coast Main Line railway at Leighton Buzzard Railway Station, with direct links to London in around 35 minutes.

Its attractive town centre has a rich heritage and offers a regular market together with a wealth of independent shops and major chains. The area has the highest concentration of historic buildings in Bedfordshire and is a strong shopping destination with vacancy rates significantly lower than the national average.

Future growth

Leighton-Linslade map

With a population of over 30,000 people, Leighton-Linslade is the largest settlement in Central Bedfordshire.

Leighton-Linslade is an area of significant growth. There are new housing developments, including Chamberlains Barn and Clipstone Park and we have submitted a planning application for a new £25million leisure centre, providing a modern facility that can cope with the growing population in Leighton Buzzard and surrounding villages

There is also a new East-Leighton link road to help connect the new housing developments with the existing town. 

Other projects in Leighton-Linslade

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure

In November, we ran a 6-week engagement with residents in Leighton Linslade to get their views and suggestions on how the cycling and walking network in the town could be improved. This included improving cycling routes to key destinations such as the town centre with a view that this will help encourage more cycling and less reliance on car use. The public response to the engagement was fantastic with a high number of valuable comments made.

These comments will be used to help shape the Local Walking and Cycling Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for Leighton Linslade, which will set out the plans for a much-improved walking and cycling network and the various improvement schemes that we will need to deliver to make this is a reality.

The LCWIP will go out for formal consultation in the summer with a view to it being adopted by the council later this year. This process isn’t stopping us making improvements already, for example work has started this month on the Heath Road cycleway scheme.

Bus services

We also investing in bus services, following confirmation of £3.7 million in funding, associated with our Bus Service Improvement Plan from the Department of Transport to improve services and infrastructure. We’re looking at doing this on a corridor basis across Central Bedfordshire, undertaking service and infrastructure improvements at the same time.