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1,000 new jobs hope at Bournemouth Airport
MORE than 1,000 new jobs could be created at Bournemouth Airport after a ten-year vision for a £60million business park was unveiled.
The plans came just a week after Cobham, also based at Bournemouth Airport, announced 320 jobs would go at the end of the year following the loss of a lucrative military contract to Spain.
MAG Developments held a special breakfast event at the airport’s business park to release details of their scheme which include offices, industrial units, warehousing and distribution facilities as well as hangars.
The jobs would come from the new businesses, expanding businesses and construction jobs.
Planning permission was granted by Christchurch Borough Council at the end of last year for the 35 acre development, within the 200-acre business park, which will provide a variety of spaces for businesses.
Driven by market demand, the development will be delivered in phases over the next ten years.
Stephanie Mullenger, general manager for property at MAG, said: “Aviation Business Park has maintained a high level of resilience through the economic downturn and has shown robustness in meeting demand for smaller industrial units and relocating larger units with occupancy levels now at 97 per cent.
“It is a particularly favourable location for industrial occupiers within the A31-M27 corridor, offering the unique benefit of direct access to the airport, its flights and its full-length commercial runway.
“This project will continue to build upon those successes, generate more economic activity in the area and support the growth of businesses already based at Aviation Business Park.”
Road access to the site will also be improved thanks to a £1.1million contribution made to Dorset County Council and there will also be improvements to the internal road system.
A heathland habitat will be created, adding to the biodiversity of the Business Park and doubling up as an additional buffer.
And to cater for the rising number of employees, the company also plan to include small-scale retail elements, financial services and crèche facilities.