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The scheme features a spine road running through the site. Credit: via planning documents

Blackpool tips 377,000 sq ft employment scheme for consent

Plans for offices and industrial space at the 355-acre Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone are due to be given the go-ahead next week. 

Blackpool Council has recommended that outline plans for 377,000 sq ft of employment accommodation are approved. 

The latest phase of the enterprise zone masterplan would be constructed partly on Green Belt and partly on former sports pitches.  

The pitches and associated facilities have been replaced in earlier phases of the enterprise zone project. 

As well as commercial space, the proposals for the latest phase also feature plans for a new spine road connecting Amy Johnson Way with Common Edge Road, as well as a local centre. 

The enterprise zone is a joint project between Blackpool Council and Fylde Council. However, the vast majority of the land for the latest phase falls within Blackpool borough. 

The site was granted enterprise zone status in 2015. Designed to encourage business growth, enterprise zones are designated areas of employment land where particular policies such as business rates relief apply. 

Over its 25-year lifespan, Blackpool’s enterprise zone is expected to attract 250 new businesses, create around 5,000 new jobs and provide a £2bn economic boost to the area.

Cassidy + Ashton is advising Blackpool on the scheme. 

To learn more about the project, search reference number 22/0265 on Blackpool Council’s planning portal.

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There’s loads of areas that need redeveloping in the area …A designated green belt area is definitely the wrong place …..that whole area has been slowly depleted over recent yrs and this will have a huge impact on the wildlife as well as locals.

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