Enterprise Zone bid thrown out

A BID to create an Enterprise Zone in Lancashire has been rejected by the Government.

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) had proposed a zone based around the BAE Systems military aircraft sites at Samlesbury and Warton.

If selected the sites would have benefited from government incentives to kickstart economic growth, including 100 per cent business rate discounts for new businesses, superfast broadband and reduced planning controls.

But it was not among the 13 proposed zones chosen by the Government this week. Those which got the go-ahead included a site in Daresbury, near Warrington, while sites in Manchester Airport and on Liverpool’s docklands have already been approved.

See the Lancaster Guardian (18-08-11) for full story.