Blackpool Council seeking funding for the first stage of the approved masterplan for Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.
The local authority is leading the scheme on behalf of Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership and Fylde Council, and on June 18 will seek approval from Blackpool Executive Committee,for £28.8m of capital funding to deliver essential infrastructure and associated with the project.
The money will be used over the next three years to facilitate aviation-related developments including:
- Phased refurbishment and redevelopment of the 1.3m sq ft (120,000m2) former Vickers Wellington bomber factory
- Reconfiguration of Blackpool Airport infrastructure and relocation of the existing offshore helicopter terminal
- New hangers, releasing existing land for development
- New airport navigational aids and control tower to support new aviation facilities in phase 2 of the Enterprise Zone
- A new eastern access road and gateway entrance
The wider masterplan, approved in February 2018, defines the Blackpool Airport’s enterprise zone which will deliver:
- 2.9m sq ft (270,000m2) of new floor space
- An estimated 5,000 new jobs
- £300m private sector investment
- Space for more than 280 new businesses
- Up to £2bn of gross value added to the local economy over the 25 year lifespan
Blackpool Airport was used by airlines including Ryanair and Jet2.com until it closed in October 2014 when a buyer for it could not be found. It was subsequently acquired by Squires Gate Airport Operations and reopened in early 2015. Parts of the airfield and some adjoining land were awarded enterprise zone status in January 2016.
Photo: Funding is being sought for the next stage of Blackpool Airport’s enterprise zone. (Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone)