Plans for the creation of new
sports facilities as part of the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone redevelopment
have been revealed by North West-based architectural, planning and building
surveying practice, Cassidy + Ashton.
The practice has submitted
a full planning application for the sports facilities at the Enterprise Zone on
behalf of Blackpool Council.
Located at Common Edge Road, the facilities are part of the
planned first phase investment
of £28.8m allocated for the redevelopment of the 144-hectare Blackpool Airport
The sports development scheme will cover approximately 14 hectares to the south east of the Enterprise Zone, along Common Edge Road. It includes 12 new grass pitches, a full size 3G rugby and football pitch with floodlighting, training and spectator facilities, plus a new changing and social pavilion.
A decision on the planning
application is expected in December with work then expected to commence onsite
in January, 2021.
Also featured is improved access, car parking and a new footpath and cycle way into the site.
Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Job Creation
Cllr Mark Smith said: “The new sports facilities will be of huge benefit to
many community junior and amateur sporting clubs.
“The redevelopment and relocation of the sports facilities
at Common Edge Road means that the next stage of development can move forward,
the crucial opening up of developable land for further commercial investment on
the Enterprise Zone, and the construction of a new access road and highways
improvements. This will all further benefit the local community by attracting
new businesses to the area, increasing long term sustainable job opportunities
and boosting the local economy.”
Lawrence McBurney, director at Cassidy + Ashton, said: “Cassidy
+ Ashton has been involved with the architectural and town planning work at the
Enterprise Zone since 2018. It’s great to now see the first phases of this
masterplan come to fruition.
“The new development and improved facilities will enhance
the sporting experience and sports training opportunities at the site for the local
people. It will transform the area.”