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Airport City to start next year

Enterprise Zone plans ready for consultation

Published on April 6th 2011.


Airport City to start next year

MANCHESTER Airports Group (MAG) will bring forward proposals for a its ‘Airport City’ development in 2012.

‘Airport City will see the creation of thousands of jobs which will be critical to ensure the city's success as we emerge from the economic downturn.’

The airport and the council has signed off on the core plans for the scheme, which was named as one of the government’s 21 ‘enterprise zones’ in last month’s budget, and will now work on a definitive boundary and governance arrangements.

Phase 1 of the development will also go out for public consultation in the near future.

Charlie Cornish, chief executive of the Manchester Airports Group, said: “This announcement represents a significant achievement for Greater Manchester and an exciting opportunity to move forward with the Airport City proposal so we can realise the potential for creating more than 7,000 jobs, while seeing additional revenues re-invested throughout Greater Manchester.

“In partnership with our key stakeholders, we will be progressing the project straight away and looking to build on this opportunity for the region.”

MAG Developments, the property development arm of the Group, has been working on the masterplan for the site, which was endorsed for consultation today by the Manchester City Council Executive. Urban Strategies, Drivers Jonas Deloitte and Jones Lang Lasalle have assisted on the preparation of the masterplan.

John Atkins, managing director of MAG Developments, said: “It allows us to prepare for a start on site early in 2012. The designation of the Airport City as an enterprise zone last week underlined the importance of making quick progress on the site and will allow us to move ahead with the development and infrastructure framework.”

The first phase is located on land between the airport and Wythenshawe, to the north of the airport. It will connect the initial development close to the airport with a wider set of opportunities within Wythenshawe including the University Hospital of South Manchester’s (UHSM) Medipark initiative and the regeneration of the town centre.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: "Airport City will see the creation of thousands of jobs which will be critical to ensure the city's success as we emerge from the economic downturn.

“It also provides us with a unique opportunity to significantly accelerate Manchester's economic growth and realise our ambitions for the airport as a global business destination. As we move into a consultation process, we welcome comments on this important development."

MAG Developments said the scheme would compete with other similar projects in places such as Barcelona, Amsterdam and Dusseldorf.

Detailed planning applications will be ready to be submitted, subject to public consultation, by the end of 2011 and work on the first phase of Airport City will begin in 2012.

Businesses targeted to locate at Airport City will include logistics, freight forwarders, advanced manufacturers, those seeking high quality office accommodation, research and development, health related uses to build on the proximity to Wythenshawe Hospital as a centre of excellence, visitor accommodation, hotels and leisure uses.

Enterprise Zones are expected to benefit from a business rate discount worth up to £275,000 per eligible business over a five year period, while all business rate growth within the zone for a period of at least 25 years will be shared and retained by the local area.

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousApril 7th 2011.

logistics = trucks an freight forwarders = warehouses, and offices = offices but the question is were will they come, from and when will they go.

AnonymousApril 7th 2011.

Cotton-Eyed Joe

Anon TooApril 7th 2011.

Wythenshawe an Enterprise Zone. Stranger than fiction.

EdwinaApril 13th 2011.

is this a belated April Fool? Good idea more traffic at the airport, A34 and M56.

AnonymousApril 14th 2011.

tapping into the cheap labour market of wythenshawe estate nearby? might be good to get the benefits darlings into work, at least they dont have far to travel to work, we need one of these zones in north manchester near the M60?.. force the lazy chav dealing sloths with their staffy's in tow off the benefits system! they are costing the local economy far too much. we should make more use of this resource we wouldnt need to "import" so much labour from overseas charity must begin at home now!!

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