Construction and Infrastructure
Airport aims high with new business park which could create more than 1,700 jobs
A new business park understood to be a represent a multi–million-pound development is expected to create 1,750 new jobs in Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire Airport has made the grand reveal that it has been backed by £1.885 million of GFirst LEP money to develop 8.5-hectares of its Staverton site.
A planning application has been submitted to Tewkesbury Borough Council for an expansion to the airport’s employment sites with the scheme focusing on land between the existing Anson and Meteor business parks.
The airport is using construction project management specialists Vitruvius, run by Mark Price, which is headquartered at Gloucester Business Park at Brockworth, to ensure a safe take off and landing for the project.
If given the scheme would result in 35,000 sq metres of new offices and industrial units in what is being called “an area of strategic economic growth”.
“We are really excited to be able to talk about new jobs coming to the area at this crucial time for the recovery of the economy,” said Gloucestershire Airport’s commercial finance director, Karen Taylor.
“The location is ideally placed for growth with connections by road and air, and we aim for the airport to be a gateway to growth for the many exciting developments happening in Cheltenham and Gloucester.
“It is an exciting time for the county and our proposal will allow more businesses to connect to the cyber centre of excellence at West Cheltenham, the significant ambition of Gloucester City and the wider region too.”
Mr Price, managing director of Vitruvius, said: "We have been a part of the team at Gloucestershire Airport for some time, helping to develop a vision and proposals to make it a sustainable business for the long term.
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"I'm pleased that we are part of this exciting new scheme to bring growth to our region at a time when we need a strong recovery.
"As project managers for this major development we are also delighted to have been able to make this a very Gloucestershire-centric project.
"We are locally based and our partners on the project are locally based too, helping to further boost the county's economy."
The park will sit on land to the north of the Gloucestershire Airport site and replace the northern end of the north/south runway.
Access will be provided by an improved entrance to the junction on the B4063.
GFirst LEP, the county’s local enterprise partnership, will provide its part of the investment through the Growth Dea’ funding to support the infrastructure required to deliver the new development.
Tewkesbury Borough Council has recommended that the site is allocated for growth in its Local Plan, which is at an advanced stage and awaits approval from the Secretary of State.
“This is an important part of our growth strategy to deliver a sustainable business as part of our long-term vision,” said Ms Taylor. “Connecting Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Golden Valley with new businesses and airports across Europe will form a crucial part of our success and that of the county.”
The land is partly used as a north-south runway “primarily used as an alternative runway for training flights when operations are impacted by crosswinds. There will therefore be a level of disruption, but the airport is working with its tenants on this matter”.
First published August 18.