Airport business park moves to next phase

The next phase of the £150million Southend Airport Business Park is progressing with discussions taking place with businesses over the sale of three large plots.

The 52-acre site off Cherry Orchard Way in Rochford is already home to aircraft seating manufacturer Ipeco Holdings and the three-storey Launchpad – a dedicated building to support start-ups and small to medium businesses – as well as the new Costa Coffee.

Now, other firms are looking to take up space there.

Paul Collins, cabinet member for asset management and inward investment, said: “Airport Business Park Southend is an ongoing success story that is helping to create local jobs for local people and drive economic growth.

“With the current cost of living crisis that the country is facing, it has never been more important to do this, and I am very pleased to see so much positive progress on site and opportunities being provided for entrepreneurs, for local businesses to expand and for new businesses to invest.

“With Ipeco already on site, the council’s own LaunchPad development progressing well and Costa at the entrance to the site trading well, I am delighted that we are also in negotiations with businesses and investors over three separate plots, two of which will deliver new warehouse facilities on site.

“I cannot emphasise how important this project is to the local economy to encourage investment into Southend, and so I am proud that the council is leading the way on this.”

Thousands of new jobs are expected to be created as more and more business are attracted to the site. It will include cafes, restaurants, meeting and leisure facilities and even a hotel.

Developer HBD has been working in partnership with Southend Council on the scheme.

The new plots are in addition to 12 industrial/warehousing units at the park.

Further announcements are expected to be made by Southend Council in coming weeks.

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Christine Sexton

Local Democracy Reporter