Town Centre Vacancy Rates


Vacancy rates are a good way of indicating the success and prosperity of town centres. Since November 2013, performance has fluctuated between 6.6% and 10%.

While only 7.7% of Central Bedfordshire’s Town Centre Units are now vacant, this is an increase of 1.1% since February 2018 and an additional 10 units are currently vacant. There are now 10 more vacant units than the previous count in February 2018. There are 5 vacant units in Ampthill (+1), 14 in Biggleswade (+2), 36 in Dunstable (+3), 1 Houghton Regis, 10 in Leighton Buzzard (+3), 2 in Sandy (+1), 1 in Shefford (+1) and none in Flitwick, Arlesey or Stotfold (-1). The Council will continue to support businesses through the use of our own assets and packages of support.