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Green light for Bedford Town Centre West development

The major redevelopment proposal for the regeneration of Bedford¹s town centre has been given the go-ahead by Bedford Borough Council¹s Planning Committee.

Councillors voted unanimously in support of the Bedford Town Centre West planning application made by the council¹s development partner St Modwen Developments Ltd.

The development site covers 20 acres and will provide:-

* 400,000 sq ft of shopping (including department store, a food store and 40 retail units).

* Leisure (including 5/6 restaurants and a cinema complex)

* Hotel (including up to 130 rooms)

* Residential (up to 330 units)

* Up to 1,100 car parking spaces

* New bus station

Rupert Wood, senior development manager of St Modwen, said: ³St Modwen will now be pressing on with the anchor store pre-letting discussions and will be working closely with the council to conclude the key statutory processes, most notably road closures and the requisite compulsory purchase order.

“No-one should underestimate the extent of the work remaining. We are still two years away from the likely start date, but clearing this planning hurdle is without doubt a major milestone in bringing the project to fruition.”

For further information contact Tim Seddon or Rupert Wood of St Modwen (020 7499 5666) or Keiron Fletcher of Bedford Borough Council (01234 221622). Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121 236 7771).