New order will help firms grow


A special order agreed by Central Beds Council will allow businesses on the Woodside Estate in Dunstable to carry out more work without planning permission.

The council says the Local Development Order (LDO) adopted by its executive will enable companies to make changes and expand, saving time and money.

Safeguards have been put in place “to make absolutely sure nearby residents are properly protected”.

As part of its drive to boost economic growth in Dunstable, the council consulted earlier in the year about the LDO, which covers the Woodside Estate, Nimbus Park, Foster Avenue, Arenson Way, Apex Business Centre and Eastern Avenue.

Feedback raised a range of issues that have been reflected in the updated LDO, including additional conditions on surface water drainage, amended boundaries and further reassurance to residents that the order will continue to monitor and control development.

Councillor 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.”

“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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