have now been formally submitted for Phase 1 of the development at
Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone including the creation of new
business and industrial units, a sports village and a new eastern
gateway access road.
outline planning application is an early step in delivering the
planned first three year investment of £28.8m allocated for the
redevelopment of the 144 hectare Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone
and has been lodged by Preston-based architecture planning and
surveying practice Cassidy + Ashton on behalf of the Enterprise Zone
with both Blackpool Council and Fylde Borough Council.
area of proposed development within Phase 1 will cover approximately
33 hectares to the south east of the Enterprise Zone, with the
application site lying within both Blackpool and Fylde Borough
Councils, though predominately Blackpool.
sets out a blue print to relocate the existing Common Edge Playing
Field football pitches, including new facilities for AFC Blackpool so
that land is unlocked for much needed industrial development and to
create more jobs for the area. It is expected that up to 25 parcels
of serviced land could be brought forward during Phase 1 and work is
expected to be completed by 2023.
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.
outline application includes plans for up to:
sq m – industrial floorspace (B1, B2 & B8) will be created to
the north of the site adjacent to the existing business use on the
sq m – leisure use D2 which will include a mix of facilities
including fitness studios and changing rooms, a nursery (D1),
tennis/netball centre and rifle club
sq m – retail (A1)
sq m – café and/or sports bar (A3)
to 57 houses (C3)
x artificial 3G sports pitches and stadia facilities for AFC
grass sports pitches with floodlighting
new cricket pavilion
elements including a new access road, car park, sub-station, public
Cassidy, director at Cassidy + Ashton, said: “We’re incredibly
proud to be involved in this major project to breathe new commercial
life into such an important and historic location in Blackpool.
Getting the site operating at its full potential has long been a
strategic goal of the council and its wider stakeholders. We’re
thrilled to be advising them as they seek to capitalise on the site’s
Enterprise Zone status.”
Mark Smith 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. Relieving congestion in the local area is a primary
concern for local businesses and residents and I’m delighted to see
plans taking shape to address this, as well as making good provision
for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
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