Luton/Dunstable Urban Area
Despite straddling district boundaries the conurbation shares many facilities including an integrated bus service and the large Luton and Dunstable General Hospital. The conurbation is located in the southern part of the ceremonial county of Bedfordshire, England, the current population (2011 census) is 258,018. This is an increase of 9.2% from the 2001 population of 236,318.
The area is expected to grow due to development within and physical expansion of the three towns and large re-development of Luton, including redevelopment of the former Vauxhall Motors factory complex.
The Luton & Dunstable Urban area is considered part of the Milton Keynes and South Midlands Sub Region, part of the East of England. the East of England Regional Spatial Strategy has outlined the identified the urban area for growth, as part of the Sustainable Communities Plan. It is also considered part of the London Commuter Belt.
- "2011 Census - Built-up areas". ONS. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
- "British urban pattern: population data" (pdf). ESPON project 1.4.3 Study on Urban Functions. European Spatial Planning Observation Network. March 2007. p. 119. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
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