Airport hopeful its bid takes off

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Robin Hood Airport’s bid for Enterprise Zone status centres on its 225 acre Business Park.

More than 100 businesses already occupy in excess of half a million sq ft of space on the site, which has planning consent for 2,000,000 sq ft of office, hi-tech industrial, warehouse and distribution space.

Owner Peel says there are opportunities for new units ranging in size from 7,500 sq ft to 245,000 sq ft to be built on the site, which has already clinched a major boost from news that £18 million of Regional Growth Fund will be invested in creating a new gateway to the region that includes building a new road linking the airport with the M18.

That project also involves the continued development of the airport, the strategic Rail Freight Interchange proposal next to Junction 3 of the M18 and the reclamation of Rossington Colliery.

If Peel was successful in its bid for Enterprise Zone status, the Zone would cover all three phases of the Business Park development plan.

The first phase of the development covers an area that was occupied by former RAF buildings, some of which have been demolished, while others have been redeveloped, creating, amongst other things, a new business centre.

The second phase is around the Ramada Encore Hotel, which already has infrastructure installed to cater for developments, while the third phase covers land to the south of the Airport access road.

Peel sees aviation-related businesses as the leading potential occupiers of any developments on the site.