Bedford's Growth Plan
Accelerating the installation of superfast broadband across
Bedford Borough, delivering the ‘missing link’ of the Bedford
Western bypass, a brand new bus station for Bedford and stimulating
new business investment in the borough. These are just some of the
actions in an ambitious plan to help the borough grow and prosper
in the coming years.
Public consultation on Bedford Borough Council's draft Growth Plan
is now underway, and the Council is seeking views on the strategy
and 30 specific actions it has set out to achieve further inward
investment and new jobs and growth locally.
The Growth Plan is intended to build on major inward investment
successes in recent years such as the new Waitrose, new
multi-million pound storage depot Viking Storage, international
bakery giant Lantmannen Unibake’s new plant and the Morrison's on
the former Camford Works site on Ampthill road, which stood
derelict even through the so-called ‘boom years’ for the
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “A large number of
recent inward investment successes including Waitrose, Viking
Storage, Morrison's and B and Q have created hundreds of new jobs
locally, but we need to do even more in the coming months and years
to deliver the growth we all want to see.
“The draft Growth Plan sets out a range of specific actions
which we believe can help bring crucial jobs and economic growth to
“These are extremely challenging economic times, which is why it is
more important than ever that the message goes out loud and clear
that Bedford is open for business. The draft growth plan
shows potential investors the depth of the commitment in the
Borough to supporting the economic growth we need. Bedford really
is a great place to do business, with excellent infrastructure and
local services in place.
“Through the draft Growth plan we are setting out how we believe
we can make it even better."
Charlie Schneider, Sales Manager at Viking Storage, added: “In a
time where the public sector is having to make serious cuts to
budgets, it has been refreshing to work with Bedford Borough whose
approach to inward investment has been pro-active, helpful,
business-like and quite frankly refreshing.
“We view Bedford Borough as an up and coming area which offers
excellent potential for strong economic growth over the next 5
years. We have enjoyed working with the Council’s Economic
Development team and look forward to long term success in the
Public consultation on the Bedford Borough Growth Plan runs until
26 August 2013. You can take part by visiting Borough
Hall reception or the Council’s libraries. Responses received
will help shape the final document which will be presented to the
Council’s Executive for approval later in the year.