200 new jobs hope at business park

BISPHAM is to get a much-needed jobs boost.

Millions of pounds are being invested in a new business park which could create up to 200 new jobs.

Developer Sherwood Skelly, the man behind several high-profile projects in Blackpool, is creating eight new developments on a three-acre site at the end of Kincraig Road.

Work will start on the site next year with planning permission already obtained. A further application for an 11,000 sq ft building was submitted to Blackpool Council this week.

This is the first new business and industrial park being created in north Blackpool since the inception of Bispham Technology Park a decade ago.

Developers say the site has been created in response to the dwindling amount of industrial land available in north Fylde.

Sites at Red Marsh Industrial Estate in Thornton and Poulton Industrial Estate have already reached their capacity.

Mr Skelly said: "We already have a local company waiting to move into one of the planned buildings and are hoping to bring many more soon.

"We want to provide industrial units for local firms and out-of-town companies who want to move to the Fylde.

"Compared to south Fylde, the northern end of Blackpool does not have a lot of industrial space and we hope to bring more areas of business land to the area.

"Blackpool Business Park is very successful and while Kincraig may not be anywhere near the same size, we hope it can be just as successful."

Mr Skelly is also the man behind Trident Business Park in South Shore and the Pavilions off Amy Johnson Way, South Shore.

The site at Kincraig Road is owned by I-Care Developments, which has given permission for the land to be developed.

The park will also benefit from more than 100 car parking spaces and a green space area to protect wildlife.

Coun Kath Rowson, Ingthorpe ward councillor, said: "This is great news as Bispham seems to have missed the boat when it comes to regenerating Blackpool. It is very good news for the area and I wish them the best of luck in their new venture."

Joan Humble, MP for Blackpool North and Fleetwood, said: "North Blackpool has a severe shortage of availability for industrial units.

"This new site will clearly help our local economy and provide local jobs."