More than 1,500 jobs could be created after a new business park development at Gloucestershire Airport was given the go ahead.
The CGX Connect Business Park, backed by £1.9million of funding from GFirst LEP, has received the all-clear from Tewkesbury Borough Council.
It means work can now go ahead on a site between Anson and Meteor business park, adding an additional 30,000 square feet of commercial and industrial floor space and creating an estimated 1,520 jobs.
Karen Taylor, Gloucestershire Airport’s new managing director, said: ‘This is great news for the region. It means we can now plan with confidence on improving the airport and delivering on our programme.
‘We have worked hard with our tenants to ensure they are comfortable with the changes proposed and that this new development will not impact their current operations.
‘CGX Connect itself is fantastically linked to the road network and has unique access to connect by air to UK and European destinations for local businesses and existing tenants.
‘Gloucestershire Airport is really moving forward and will continue to play an important role in the region’s economic growth. It is an exciting time for the airport and the region.’
The new development is another major piece in the airport’s business plan, which stresses the importance of its key place in the county and region’s economic development.
In December 2020, the airport’s joint shareholders, Gloucester City Council and Cheltenham Borough Council, agreed to invest £15million in the Staverton base improving runways and facilities.
A statement from Gloucestershire Airport said: ‘The Airport plays a key role in supporting the local economy, both as an important travel gateway for many organisations across the region, and as a base for a range of businesses, including engineering, aerospace, plus charter flights, flight training, and pleasure flights.
‘The strategic location of the airfield is also key to help drive the county’s economic development ambitions and is ideally placed near to the cyber development at Golden Valley and Gloucester’s digital campus, The Forum.’
By Andrew Merrell