No impact on runway from redevelopment

An aerial shot showing the boundaries of the Blackpool Airport enterprise zone.
An aerial shot showing the boundaries of the Blackpool Airport enterprise zone.
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This aerial photograph reveals the full extent of the site earmarked for a new enterprise zone at Blackpool Airport.

Regeneration chiefs today confirmed development - which the Government says could potentially lever in £300m of private investment in the next five years – will not impact on the runway at the airfield, or restrict its future use.

A 150 metre clearance zone will be maintained around the runway and green belt land which makes up a large part of the site will continue to be protected.

Blackpool Council said it was too early to say exactly which areas would be redeveloped but there is an estimated 175,000 square metres of industrial land which has the potential for development.

Redundant buildings on Squires Gate Lane which once housed Arvin Exhausts and B&M Bargains could be demolished to make way for new businesses.

The boundaries of the enterprise zone will stretch from the Blackpool South railway line in the west towards Common Edge Road in the east.

The Blackpool Retail Park, Morrisons supermarket and the Air Balloon are not included.

Balfour Beatty, which owns the airport, today also welcomed the creation of the zone.

Stewart Orrell, director of economic infrastructure at Balfour Beatty Investments:said: “We were delighted to hear the announcement and look forward to working closely with the LEP and BFWEDC as well as the councils of Blackpool, Fylde and Lancashire and other stakeholders as this opportunity continues to develop.

“We are committed to delivering sustainable economic development opportunities for Blackpool and the wider Fylde coast.”