Greggs sets sights on ‘ideal’ Leighton Buzzard location

The UK’s biggest bakery retailer has set its sights on a business park off Grovebury Road, Leighton Buzzard.

Greggs has submitted a planning application to Central Bedfordshire Council for an outdoor pod building adjoining a 112-space car park on the Chiltern Trading Estate.



One man who contacted the LBO was concerned at the impact on businesses nearby.

He said: “I’d heard nothing about it until someone pointed out a flyer attached to a tree.

“I usually use the kiosk at the business park and I’m very concerned about the impact [this] will have on their business.

“There’s the Route 66 Diner just a little bit further ahead. I don’t see why we need a large food business weighing in.”

The application has passed its original deadline date and CBC has yet to make a decision on it.

According to the planning statement: “ Greggs has identified Chiltern Trading Estate as an ideal opportunity to expand its offer within Central Bedfordshire.

“It should be noted that the existing Greggs at Unit 15 of the Quadrant Shopping Centre in Dunstable town centre together with the Greggs at No. 3 Market Square in Biggleswade town centre, will both remain trading.

“Due to its size and nature, the proposed Greggs Café will complement the surrounding employment uses and will not adversely affect the role and continuing viability of Chiltern Trading Estate.

“The proposal will also generate 13 jobs (3 full-time and 10 part-time), which ... will further strengthen Chiltern Trading Estate as a whole.”