Investment in infrastructure and ambitious growth plans by Central Bedfordshire Council secures Lidl
Lidl UK have announced that they plan to open their new distribution centre in Houghton Regis, Central Bedfordshire, following the sale agreed with the Houghton Regis Management Company.
The new distribution centre will be the largest of Lidl's warehouses in the UK, based on a 58 acres (23-hectare) site adjacent to Junc 11a of the M1.
This is the first deal to be announced from the North of Houghton Regis development site.
Central Bedfordshire Council have been instrumental in facilitating this opportunity which follows extensive investment in the area to complete both the A5-M1 link road and Woodside Link, which connect to the new M1 junction.
Jason Longhurst, Director of Regeneration and Business at Central Bedfordshire Council said, “The site has outline permission for a mixed-use development at North Houghton Regis, including warehousing, alongside the new junction 11a of the M1.
Lidl’s interest in coming to the Houghton Regis business park is great news for the local community. It demonstrates how our commitment to building roads and infrastructure can lead to local jobs.
The council helped fund both the Woodside Link and A5-M1 link roads, which opened last summer and connect the business parks to the new M1 junction. Since construction of the roads started, more than 50 new deals have been completed for industrial and distribution units across Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard, and the investment generated or planned for the area is already worth an estimated £2bn.
We look forward to bringing yet more companies and jobs to the area.”