MP welcomes Blackpool airport enterprise zone changes

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden
Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden has welcomed changes to the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone masterplan.

Speaking after the plans were approved by both Blackpool and Fylde councils, he said he was pleased that people’s comments were heeded.

Neighbours of the site were concerned about industrial buildings being built too close to their homes, while many people wanted to use the enterprise zone as a chance to improve rail services in the area.

Many comments on the masterplan came from residents in the Oakwood Close area who feared that the large buildings shown to be built near their homes would obscure light. Others at the western end of the zone were concerned that aviation operations might be too close to their homes.

He said: “On the Oakland Close issues I and my office have had contacts with some of the residents that expressed concerns and we have taken it up and asked for further clarification from Planning and the EZ management.

"I have also raised the matter with the Chief Executive and underlined those concerns , so am hopeful that any future planning developments will reflect them.

“On the Blackpool South rail line passing loop and related issues, it is encouraging if the masterplan intends to include this.

"Both Fylde MP Mark Menzies and I have been expressing our support for this proposal since well before the 2015 General Election and I have urged both Network Rail as recently as last year again to bring this forward for consideration.”