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Gloucestershire Airport updates development plans

Gloucestershire Airport has submitted updated plans for a proposed commercial development which it says could bring more than 1,500 jobs.

The updated outline planning application for what would be known as CGX Connect Business Park, on land between Anson and Meteor business parks on the edge of the airport, has been submitted with Tewkesbury Borough Council.

The amendments follow feedback following the original application in August and comes a week after Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucester City Council, the airport's joint shareholders, confirmed up to £15million for work on the runways and improvements at the airport.

The original plans had received opposition from some businesses which operate out of the airport due to the potential loss of an area used for helicopter training and the closure of one of the cross-wind runways.

Gloucestershire Airport's interim managing director Karen Taylor said the main change was moving the southern boundary of the proposed development.

She said: "While this reduces the total area of the site to 5.9 hectares, the proposed development would generate around 30,000sq m of gross floor space for commercial-use with potential to deliver around 1,520 new employment opportunities."

"Economic recovery post-Covid is vital, particularly at a time when tighter restrictions continue to limit activity and fuel fears of renewed economic downturn into 2021.

"The improvements this funding will enable, together with the delivery of CGX Connect Business Park, are key to securing the airport's future as a sustainable business."

She continued: "Together they form part of our long-term strategy to drive investment into the airport to develop facilities and services for the benefit of the businesses that operate from the airfield and their customers."

"It's therefore been really important to us that in delivering CGX Connect we're delivering a scheme that creates opportunity for tenants and businesses already operating from our airfield.

"Ultimately business growth at the airport means more choice and better services for existing airport users and will encourage individuals and businesses from across the region to realise the value of having a regional airport they can use for business and leisure right on their doorstep."

The new business park, which would include commercial and industrial units along with office space, would sit on land to the north of the airport sit and replace the northern end of the north-south runway.

Tewkesbury Borough Council is carrying out a further stage of statutory consolation and feedback on the plans are invited until January. The amended application (ref: 20/00758/FUL) can be viewed online at publicaccess.tewkesbury.gov.uk/online-applications

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