Cheshire LEP pins hopes on Omega

Omega, the long-awaited mixed-use development on the M62 outside Warrington, has been put forward for enterprise zone status by Cheshire & Warrington local enterprise partnership.

The 550 acre former airfield is among 29 proposals competing for the final ten enterprise zone spots, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced on Monday, following the deadline for the second wave of applications.

The ten zones selected will benefit from simplified planning rules, super-fast broadband and tax breaks for businesses to promote growth.

The North West received two enterprise zones in the first wave, announced in the Budget in March: Peel's Mersey Waters in Liverpool and Wirral, and Airport City in Manchester.

Omega was first mooted in the 1990s by landowner English Partnerships – it was later passed to the Homes & Communities Agency – Miller Developments and Royal Bank of Scotland. The first part of the development to come forward would be a distribution park on the north side of the motorway.

Also in the running in the second wave are BAE sites in Lancashire and Cumbria's energy coast proposals.

The 29 bids for a second wave Enterprise Zone are as follows:

Local Enterprise Partnership

Enterprise Zone Proposal

Cheshire and Warrington

Omega – an outstanding business location for Cheshire and Warrington

Coast to Capital


Cornwall & Isle of Scilly

Newquay AeroHub Enterprise Zone

Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry & Warwickshire Gateway


Fuelling the Future – Cumbria Enterprise Zone

Derby Derbyshire Nottingham Nottinghamshire

Markham Vale Growth Zone

East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock

Discovery Park, Sandwich, Kent

East Sussex, Essex, Kent

Enterprise West Essex @ Harlow

Enterprise M3

Enterprise Zone M3

GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership

Gloucestershire Enterprise Zone

Greater Birmingham and Solihull

Greater Birmingham and Solihull Enterprise Belt

Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough

Alconbury Business Campus

Greater Lincolnshire

South Humber Bank Gateway Enterprise Zone

Heart of the South West

Energised, Advanced, Inspired: Plymouth's Enterprise Zone for the Heart of the South West

Heart of the South West

Heart of the South West Low Carbon Energy Enterprise Zone


Hertfordshire Enterprise Zone @ Maylands


Humber Renewable Energy Super Cluster


The Lancashire AEM (Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing) Enterprise Zone

Leicester and Leicestershire

MIRA Technology Park


Upper Lee Valley




Marches Enterprise Zone

New Anglia

Energy for New Anglia


Science Vale UK Gateway Zone


The Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus

South East Midlands

Northampton Waterside

Stoke and Staffordshire

North Staffordshire Enterprise Zone


South Kidderminster Advanced Manufacturing and Business Park

York and North Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Coast Enterprise Zone

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How is everybody going to get to and from this enterprise zone everyday? The town cannot cope with the traffic that’s going through it at the moment. One accident on one of the motorways around Warrington can make the traffic come to a complete stop now. With however many thousands of new vehicles on the roads it won’t take an accident. I’ll start trying to get across town on Friday night to make sure I get to work on time on Monday Morning. Another scheme dreamt up by mindless idiots who don’t live in the area.

By Andy

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