Living in Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire is a county in the East of England, covered by three unitary authorities: Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton. Our patient population is around 450,000, two thirds or residents within Bedford Borough live in the urban areas of Bedford and Kempston and one-third living in the surrounding rural areas. Central Bedfordshire is a mainly rural location in the East of England and is considered to be a highly desirable place to both live and work. Much of the area has either a suburban or rural feel, with picturesque villages, beautiful hamlets and historic market towns. The largest towns are Leighton Linslade, Dunstable, Biggleswade, Houghton Regis, Flitwick and Sandy.
The average house price for this region is £247,000 compared to £539,000 in London (2015). There is also a buoyant rental market and key worker housing initiatives.
Bedfordshire is bordered by Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. Bedfordshire is crammed with wonderful countryside (Downs, Chiltern Hills, Greensand Ridge, Marston Vale) delightful towns and villages (Woburn & Harrold were named in the 2013 Sunday Times 120 best villages to live in Britain), great places to eat, drink (Old Warden Vineyard) and shop, beautiful cottages and impressive stately homes (Wrest Park, Woburn Abbey, Luton Hoo Mansion House), historical stories of national importance and plenty of attractions (ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Mead Open Farm, Woburn Safari Park) to keep the kids occupied!
Working in Bedfordshire
The local area is known for its natural beauty, easy access to London and good transport links. We are only 35 minutes from London, but without the inner city challenges and pressures. The mix of urban and rural means that our staff can have variety in their work.
There are ambitious plans for investing in the future. Brand new leisure centres, libraries and the independent living scheme are all part of the commitment to provide world-class facilities and services for its residents. Investment is also being allocated to major new road links and high street regeneration to keep our market towns thriving and easy to access.
Businesses are thriving locally too, with a massive high tech cluster growing around Cranfield, and highly profitable businesses across a range of sectors. The likes of Amazon, Center Parcs and Lockheed Martin have been investing in the area.