Business park only three years from lift off

Business park only three years from lift off

Business park only three years from lift off

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PLANS for a huge business park near Southend Airport, creating thousands of jobs, are set to be go ahead within the next three to four years.

Southend Council has pledged its ambitious plans to create Saxon business park, off Cherry Orchard Way, will happen.

The aim is for the new business park to attract high-tech companies to move into the area and be a catalyst for businesses wishing to expand and employ more people.

John Lamb, deputy leader of Southend Council, said: “We’re keen for all these businesses to come together as a nucleus, high-tech business park.

“At the heart of it will be Anglia Ruskin University’s MedTech campus. Ipeco, a company in Aviation Way which designs, manufactures and tests products for the aerospace and defence industries, are also keen to expand and bring in more people.

“The whole site will create a few thousand jobs “Things have been progressing in the background for years and are still moving forward. We are waiting to get the permission from the Government.”

The land is council owned and green fields at present, but has been earmarked for employment use with access from Cherry Orchard Way.

It falls in the borough of Rochford District Council, which has backed the proposal.

Westcliff Rugby Club falls within the earmarked site and the council would look to reallocate land for the club to use, as well as creating a public park.

The investment needed will run into the millions. Most of it will come from private investment with the university, and there will be Government money available.

Mr Lamb said: “It can’t progress as quickly as we would like because there are a lot of processes to go through first, but I believe the site clearance and drainage and utilities work could start within 18 months to two years.

“It’s an exciting time. It will all come off – it’s just about timing.

"It’s a prime site for the hi-tech companies we’re talking about.”

The next step is to set out a blueprint to smooth the way for future planning applications from private firms, by setting out what would be acceptable and what would not.

The aim is to bring in multinational companies, as well as helping start-ups and small enterprises.

Employment opportunities will be available for local people and Mr Lamb encouraged those with the right qualifications to stay up to date.

He added: “Local people are, of course, likely to apply for the jobs and suppliers are likely come from the local area, so it will be a huge economic boost.”

The benefits were echoed by Anglia Ruskin University MedTech Campus director, Anita Thornberry.

Mrs Thornberry, who used to work at the council as head of economy, regeneration and tourism, said: “At Southend we are looking at 3,000 to 4,000 jobs, and it could be more. There will also be indirect benefits with support services used locally.

“There will be regenerative benefits to the town centre and job creation through the actual building. The knock-on economic impact is quite significant.

“Southend is a great fit. There is already a strong medical technology sector with Olympus KeyMed and Surgical Holdings, who have chosen to be in Southend, and the hospital is a strong innovator.

“The location is ideal, right by the airport and situated between London and Cambridge, with two train lines to the capital.”

The Southend business park is one of three sites the university is aiming to develop as part of an investment worth half a billion pounds.

The other sites are in Harlow and Chelmsford. The campus will research and produce medical devices and products which can help assisted living for elderly and vulnerable people.

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12:20pm Fri 10 Jan 14

AuldGit says...

Well I hope the access to this will be better planned than the present Warners Bridge roundabout (airport/McDonalds/A
rgos etc), which seems regularly to cause traffic problems each weekend.
Well I hope the access to this will be better planned than the present Warners Bridge roundabout (airport/McDonalds/A rgos etc), which seems regularly to cause traffic problems each weekend. AuldGit
  • Score: 11

2:05pm Fri 10 Jan 14

BinDipper says...

Great news, please plan for enough staff parking...that is a long way off some decent bus routes.

This is excellent for the town, with Lloyds and HSBC taking 2,000 jobs out of the town in the last few years this is quite a boost. Shame it can't be fasttracked.
Great news, please plan for enough staff parking...that is a long way off some decent bus routes. This is excellent for the town, with Lloyds and HSBC taking 2,000 jobs out of the town in the last few years this is quite a boost. Shame it can't be fasttracked. BinDipper
  • Score: -7

4:48pm Fri 10 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

We were promised 6,000 jobs not 3 - 4000. All those lorries, all those employees in cars or a new bus route. It cannot be done without massive infrastructure changes and if the roundabout near Tesco is anything to go by it will be a nightmare. The Bell and kent elms junctions would have to be improved massively too. Heaven help us all.
We were promised 6,000 jobs not 3 - 4000. All those lorries, all those employees in cars or a new bus route. It cannot be done without massive infrastructure changes and if the roundabout near Tesco is anything to go by it will be a nightmare. The Bell and kent elms junctions would have to be improved massively too. Heaven help us all. jolllyboy
  • Score: 11

5:13pm Fri 10 Jan 14

chunkus04 says...

jolllyboy wrote:
We were promised 6,000 jobs not 3 - 4000. All those lorries, all those employees in cars or a new bus route. It cannot be done without massive infrastructure changes and if the roundabout near Tesco is anything to go by it will be a nightmare. The Bell and kent elms junctions would have to be improved massively too. Heaven help us all.
The Bell and Kent elms are already marked for improvement works, and you can bet these works all start at the same too!
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: We were promised 6,000 jobs not 3 - 4000. All those lorries, all those employees in cars or a new bus route. It cannot be done without massive infrastructure changes and if the roundabout near Tesco is anything to go by it will be a nightmare. The Bell and kent elms junctions would have to be improved massively too. Heaven help us all.[/p][/quote]The Bell and Kent elms are already marked for improvement works, and you can bet these works all start at the same too! chunkus04
  • Score: 1

5:42pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Thames Gateway says...

I felt sure Nebs would have already posted about the number of jobs in this zone, ( a pet peeve of his since the airport got the go-ahead). I'm sure he'll be very happy when this all materialises.
I felt sure Nebs would have already posted about the number of jobs in this zone, ( a pet peeve of his since the airport got the go-ahead). I'm sure he'll be very happy when this all materialises. Thames Gateway
  • Score: 0

5:47pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Nebs says...

John Lamb, deputy leader of Southend Council, said: “.....Things have been progressing in the background for years and are still moving forward. We are waiting to get the permission from the Government.”

In an article in this newspaper in May 2012 we were told: "It is estimated the centre alone will create up to 4,000 jobs, with the surrounding park bringing thousands more. The grand plan, approved this week by the Government, is set to transform green belt land off Cherry Orchard Way, near Southend Airport..... Southend Council’s chief executive Rob Tinlin was this week at the House of Commons to see the project given Government approval after months of negotiation."
http://www.echo-news
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Given the 2012 approval, what permission are we now waiting for?
John Lamb, deputy leader of Southend Council, said: “.....Things have been progressing in the background for years and are still moving forward. We are waiting to get the permission from the Government.” In an article in this newspaper in May 2012 we were told: "It is estimated the centre alone will create up to 4,000 jobs, with the surrounding park bringing thousands more. The grand plan, approved this week by the Government, is set to transform green belt land off Cherry Orchard Way, near Southend Airport..... Southend Council’s chief executive Rob Tinlin was this week at the House of Commons to see the project given Government approval after months of negotiation." http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/9725567. 4_000_jobs_promised_ at_Anglia_Ruskin_Med Tech_Campus__near_So uthend_Airport/ Given the 2012 approval, what permission are we now waiting for? Nebs
  • Score: 1

6:36am Sat 11 Jan 14

SARFENDMAN says...

You now wonder further about the viabilty of Fossetts Farm and putting it even further into doubt. Room for both developments?
You now wonder further about the viabilty of Fossetts Farm and putting it even further into doubt. Room for both developments? SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 2

1:21pm Sat 11 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

Meanwhile looks like an ideal spot, flat with grazing lands, a quality ono pot holed road just begging to be occupied.
Meanwhile looks like an ideal spot, flat with grazing lands, a quality ono pot holed road just begging to be occupied. LastLaugh2
  • Score: 1

2:16pm Sat 11 Jan 14

BinDipper says...

Why all the thumbs down for my comment. Have all the greenie cyclist types got upset cos I suggested a big car park?
Why all the thumbs down for my comment. Have all the greenie cyclist types got upset cos I suggested a big car park? BinDipper
  • Score: -3

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