A Local Development Order that covers the Woodside Estate, Nimbus Park, Foster Avenue, Arenson Way, Apex Business Centre and Eastern Avenue will restrict noise, and light pollution while allowing businesses to grow and more easily expand.
Feedback from consultation by Central Bedfordshire Council raised a range of issues that have been reflected in the updated Order, including additional conditions on surface water drainage, amended boundaries and further reassurance to residents that the LDO will continue to monitor and control development.
Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Economic Development, said: “Of course although retail trade and our town centres are important and we do lots of work to boost those areas, we also realise that the commercial side of Central Bedfordshire’s businesses is equally important. The LDO directly responds to what businesses say they need and will make it easier for them to grow and expand.
“It will help them to save time and money, which puts them in a better position to respond quickly to opportunities. Along with our wider plans and development in Dunstable and Houghton Regis, it will give the Woodside Estate a competitive advantage and make the whole area more attractive to investment.”
Jason Longhurst, Director of Regeneration and Business Support at the council, added: “The LDO is just part of a range of work we’re doing to help businesses to grow and flourish. We are taking a proactive step in supporting local employment in key sites like Woodside to contribute to the wider economic health of the area.”
Cllr Young added: “We’ve made absolutely sure that there are safeguards in place to protect nearby residents and other businesses from development though. There are still restrictions on noise, light pollution and controls on parking, as well as the limit of extensions that can be added to a building.”
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