Funding Boost for Business Park
Rochford District Council today welcomed the news of a £20 million funding boost from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) for a new business park which will be located in the Rochford district.
The creation of a new high-tech, high quality business park in Rochford District is progressing rapidly – with businesses now being offered the opportunity to locate at the prestigious site.
Situated to the north west of London Southend Airport and to the south-west of the historic town of Rochford, in the district of Rochford the new Airport Business Park will be within a short distance of the strategic road network, and four train stations in Rochford District; Rayleigh, Hockley, Rochford and London Southend Airport, providing direct access into London in under an hour. This is in addition to the benefits of locating near to the thriving and much-applauded London Southend Airport.
Following the initial works to support the new Airport Business Park that are nearing completion, work will start on the first phase of developing major new infrastructure, including a new roundabout off Cherry Orchard Way in Rochford, and the main ‘spine road’ which will serve the Airport Business Park. This site will offer more than one million square feet of new floorspace available for businesses wanting to locate to the area, and thousands of new jobs accessible to local communities. It is envisaged that the new Airport Business Park will become renowned as a leading regional centre for the science, medical and technology sectors, and as a catalyst for further inward investment.
After hearing the news of the funding boost the Deputy Leader of Rochford District Council Cllr Mike Steptoe said: “This is great news for the Business Park, it is an exciting project which will really put the Rochford District on the map.
“This funding will help to provide over one million square feet of new floor space available for businesses wanting to locate to the area, and thousands of new jobs accessible to local communities.
“It is envisaged that the new Business Park will become renowned as a leading regional centre for the science, medical and technology sectors and deliver benefits for both our local businesses and local communities.
“Once completed, we envisage this development will create thousands of job opportunities for local people, attract inward investment and bring lasting prosperity to the region”.
Leader of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Cllr John Lamb, welcomed the funding announcement, praising the work that the council put in to achieve this level of funding. He said: “This is fantastic news and further proof that Southend-on-Sea continues to punch above its weight when it comes to bidding for external funding.
“For the Borough to receive nearly one-fifth of all available funding for the South East of England is a great achievement and testament to the hard work that we have been doing to make this development a reality. More importantly this will help us to deliver the Innovation Centre at Airport Business Park and the final enabling infrastructure works with our partners Henry Boot Developments. The Innovation Centre will be the heart of the Business Park and will create an exciting modern environment for young and growing businesses to locate into flexible and serviced office and workshop space which can grow with their business.
“Whilst the intended focus is around medical, aviation and high-end engineering businesses, the centre will provide fantastic networking and collaboration opportunities for the whole business community.
“This funding also includes important investment to complete the road infrastructure and also to improve the cycling and walking network around the Airport Business Park which will improve connectivity to local train stations and Jubilee Country Park.
“Our overall plans will generate thousands of new jobs in attractive, modern business space around London Southend Airport and are absolutely are crucial to the area’s future prosperity. There is a great deal of work already going on at the site with replacement rugby pitches constructed and the first phase of road and services infrastructure all well underway and scheduled for completion in the Summer.”