Weston Park will create over 4,000 jobs on old airfield

MORE than 4,000 jobs will be created at Weston Airfield as developers plan to turn the site into one of the region's largest business and industrial parks

MORE than 4,000 jobs will be created at Weston Airfield as developers plan to turn the site into one of the region's largest business and industrial parks.The proposals to redevelop the former airfield was unveiled by the site's owner, Persimmon Homes, last Friday at an exclusive meeting at the Winter Gardens, Weston.Tens of millions of pounds will be invested into the 30 hectare business development and national employers are expected to flock to the site, which will be called Weston Park.Persimmon secured the plot in November 2001 and will be developing the area in phases with specialist business park developers Terrace Hill.Project director Paul Davis said: "It's been a long time coming but I think we are finally on the cusp of something that will add massively to the ongoing regeneration of Weston."Persimmon's key priority is employment and the developers are planning to construct a one million square feet business campus on the west side of the site with a main entrance on Locking Moor Road.Europark trading estate, near Winterstoke Road, will be expanded and refurbished to concentrate on manufacturing and distribution and both sites will be linked via a new road across the airfield which will help ease traffic problems in the town. The road will also act as an alternative bus route to and from Winterstoke Road reducing congestion and providing new bus routes.Bar a small number of industrial units Weston Airfield has stood empty since the Westland Helicopter factory sold the land.International property developer Peter de Savary planned to turn the site into a business park in the early 1980s but the proposals were abandoned.


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