‘New enterprise zone’ deal at Blackpool Airport anticipated

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Plans to set up an enterprise zone at Blackpool Airport are expected to be unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne tomorrow.

The scheme is projected to create 3,000 jobs and bring new life to the airport.

The Government has made no official comment on the plans, but it is known a bid for a Blackpool zone was submitted recently

Enterpise Zones are being created on sites next to BAE Systems in Samlesbury and Warton, overseen by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

The Chancellor wrote in The Sun on Sunday : “We will build on our existing enterprise zones and create two more, in Plymouth and Blackpool.”

Blackpool Council has joined forces with Fylde Council, Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership to ensure the long-term viability of the airport. Fylde MP Mark Menzies said he had lobbied the government for support since the airport closed last year.

He added: “This announcement will help bring businesses to the area, many of which will be attracted by the availability of a working runway on site, and lead to job creation, growth and connectivity for the wider Fylde coast.”

Although the Treasury is so far remaining tight-lipped ahead of the Budget, plans submitted to the Government are understood to have covered a 140-hectare area stretching from the airport entrance to the former Wellington Bomber factory. It includes some of the airport and some neighbouring land.

The existing retail park and the runway are not included in the plans.

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