Blackpool application shows a sense of enterprise

Plans for the first phase of Blackpool’s job creating airport enterprise zone have been formally submitted.

The outline planning application for the 33-hectare development includes the creation of new business and industrial units, a sports village and a new eastern gateway access road.

The application is the next stage in delivering the first £28.8m three-year investment that is earmarked for the redevelopment of the overall 144-hectare Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone (EZ).

It has been submitted Preston-based architecture planning and surveying practice Cassidy + Ashton on behalf of the EZ with both Blackpool Council and Fylde Borough Council.

The site earmarked for Phase One sits in both council areas – though most of it is in  Blackpool.

It is expected that up to 25 parcels of serviced land could be brought forward during this first phase and work is expected to be completed by 2023.

Delivering new industrial sites is a priority for Blackpool.

Amy Johnson Way on the existing business park will be linked to the new spine road by a roundabout providing access from Common Edge Road, Marton before it meets Queensway.

The application includes plans for up to 90,000 sq metre of industrial space as well as 323 sq m of retail.

Leisure plays its part in the plan. It sets out a blueprint to relocate the existing Common Edge Playing Field football pitches, including new facilities for AFC Blackpool, so that land can be unlocked for job-creating industrial development.

Councillor Mark Smith, Blackpool cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and economic development, said:  “This application is for the first phase of the masterplan which will see the south eastern part of the site delivered, including the first part of the new spine road.

“Delivering new industrial sites is a priority for Blackpool to meet increasing local demand but it is also great to see improvements being made to the sports and leisure facilities in the area to promote physical exercise, healthy lifestyles and community facilities that everyone can enjoy.”

Alban Cassidy, director at Cassidy + Ashton, added: “Getting the site operating at its full potential has long been a strategic goal of the council and its wider stakeholders."

The EZ site includes Blackpool Airport, Blackpool Retail Park, Blackpool Business Park and surrounding land up to the border of Common Edge Road.

Blackpool Council has agreed to allocate £28.8m against future growth over the first three years and kick start plans to develop the EZ, making the opportunities available for new buildings and investment for the future.