Low carbon park could bring 1,650 jobs to Poole

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A NEW low-carbon business park in north Poole could create up to 1,650 jobs and contribute an estimated £96million a year to the local economy, experts claim.

An outline planning application for the 17.6 hectare site off Magna Road is expected to be submitted to the council within the next couple of weeks and companies are already lining up to move in if permission is granted.

Chartered town planner Ted Bleszynski, of Canford Renewable Energy said results of a three-week public consultation exercise carried out in the Bearwood area had shown that 40 per cent of respondents were broadly in support of the proposed Magna Business Park.

“It’s encouraging and shows signs of realism. The fate of this land has been under consideration for 15 years. A planning inspector ruled it should be safeguarded for employment uses and not included in the green belt,” he explained. He said the site would accommodate medium-sized companies currently hampered by a lack of suitable sites in which to expand their businesses.

He pointed out that figures for the number of new jobs and revenue for the local economy came from independent economic analysis.

“If Poole loses a medium-sized company because it has nowhere to expand, it loses £20million a year, not including business rates.”

Corporate property adviser Simon West, partner at chartered surveyors Cowling and West and a past-president of Dorset Chamber of Commerce, confirmed that several companies had expressed an interest in the business park.

“We’ve got a local enterprise partnership keen to encourage growth in the area, but the first thing we need to do is ensure that companies here already have space to expand.

“If they can’t find what they want the options are to go elsewhere in the country or move abroad.

“I think local authorities are sleepwalking into a problem and not really wanting to recognise it.”

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9:48am Thu 28 Feb 13

muscliffman says...

So by "A new low-carbon business park in north Poole" do they mean another user unattractive, expensive and essentially non-industrial 'offices' estate that meets vacuous 'green' targets?

If they do, this proposed development may be all but economically usless to a majority of productive small manufacturing businesses. But in increasingly outdated public-sector speak presumably it ticks all the 'green' boxes.

Many manufacturing Companies whose activities cannot (economically) meet 'low carbon' criteria and who might have created wealth and gainful employment, whilst in reality having no impact on the environment, will presumably be turned away.

We should all be concerned that the UK will never recover from repeating recesion, bordering now on a depression, whilst pandering to this sort of counter productive 'green' planning.

We don't hear a lot about the booming Chinese insisting upon 'low carbon' industrial business parks for a darn good reason!
So by "A new low-carbon business park in north Poole" do they mean another user unattractive, expensive and essentially non-industrial 'offices' estate that meets vacuous 'green' targets? If they do, this proposed development may be all but economically usless to a majority of productive small manufacturing businesses. But in increasingly outdated public-sector speak presumably it ticks all the 'green' boxes. Many manufacturing Companies whose activities cannot (economically) meet 'low carbon' criteria and who might have created wealth and gainful employment, whilst in reality having no impact on the environment, will presumably be turned away. We should all be concerned that the UK will never recover from repeating recesion, bordering now on a depression, whilst pandering to this sort of counter productive 'green' planning. We don't hear a lot about the booming Chinese insisting upon 'low carbon' industrial business parks for a darn good reason! muscliffman
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10:15am Thu 28 Feb 13

l'anglais says...

"40 per cent of respondents were broadly in support of the proposed Magna Business Park"

40 per cent, which is about what it takes to elect an MP to Westminster.

If the other 60 per cent aren't listened to, it must be democratic.

Good job we don't have referendum's on these issues, something decent might happen.
"40 per cent of respondents were broadly in support of the proposed Magna Business Park" 40 per cent, which is about what it takes to elect an MP to Westminster. If the other 60 per cent aren't listened to, it must be democratic. Good job we don't have referendum's on these issues, something decent might happen. l'anglais
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10:25am Thu 28 Feb 13

BmthNewshound says...

Slightly misleading use of numbers suggesting that the development will create new jobs and wealth. From what I understand one of the "companies lining up to move in" is Lush who will just be moving jobs from one part of Poole to another. How many of the other interested companies will also just be relocating within the area ?
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Public transport to this area is pretty poor so I guess the 1,650 workers will have to drive to the site which makes something of a mockery of it low carbon.
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There are several exisiting brownfield industrial sites in Poole standing empty. Surely the green option would be to regenerate these sites before building on virgin green sites.
Slightly misleading use of numbers suggesting that the development will create new jobs and wealth. From what I understand one of the "companies lining up to move in" is Lush who will just be moving jobs from one part of Poole to another. How many of the other interested companies will also just be relocating within the area ? . Public transport to this area is pretty poor so I guess the 1,650 workers will have to drive to the site which makes something of a mockery of it low carbon. . There are several exisiting brownfield industrial sites in Poole standing empty. Surely the green option would be to regenerate these sites before building on virgin green sites. BmthNewshound
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11:15am Thu 28 Feb 13

Andy-Of-Poole says...

So 60% are against this, Not a very balanced report Echo...... Perhaps part 2 will include views of the opponents...
So 60% are against this, Not a very balanced report Echo...... Perhaps part 2 will include views of the opponents... Andy-Of-Poole
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11:22am Thu 28 Feb 13

BIGTONE says...

Chartered town planner Ted Bleszynski, of Canford Renewable Energy..............
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Renewable energy.....isn't that another word for waste recycling?

Maybe that's what type of firms are lining up if permission is granted to vastly expand what is already there.
Chartered town planner Ted Bleszynski, of Canford Renewable Energy.............. . Renewable energy.....isn't that another word for waste recycling? Maybe that's what type of firms are lining up if permission is granted to vastly expand what is already there. BIGTONE
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11:26am Thu 28 Feb 13

Time_Traveller says...

How can any industrial site be considered "low carbon" when all day long there will be trucks, vans and cars with their engines running, pumping exhaust gases into the atmosphere?

The land would have been better used as a desperately needed new burial ground for Poole, which would at least have retained an element of nature for plants, birds and insects etc ......

As far as I can see, the businesses who use these units can only truly claim to be "green" if everything they use in their production process is also "green" - which also goes for their supplies and suppliers etc, otherwise it's just another placebo to the environmental issue :o/
How can any industrial site be considered "low carbon" when all day long there will be trucks, vans and cars with their engines running, pumping exhaust gases into the atmosphere? The land would have been better used as a desperately needed new burial ground for Poole, which would at least have retained an element of nature for plants, birds and insects etc ...... As far as I can see, the businesses who use these units can only truly claim to be "green" if everything they use in their production process is also "green" - which also goes for their supplies and suppliers etc, otherwise it's just another placebo to the environmental issue :o/ Time_Traveller
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11:50am Thu 28 Feb 13

benjamin says...

We are wasting our time and money in this country worshipping the 'low carbon' god. Until China, Korea and India clean up their emissions there is little point in further bankrupting us.
We are wasting our time and money in this country worshipping the 'low carbon' god. Until China, Korea and India clean up their emissions there is little point in further bankrupting us. benjamin
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