£3.2m for sites to create jobs

Port of Heysham Industrial Estate.
Port of Heysham Industrial Estate.

TOWN Hall chiefs are readying a £3.2m funding bid which could help extend several industrial estates, creating 1,000 new jobs and safeguarding a further 2,500.

Lancaster City Council will ask the government’s Growing Places Fund for cash to develop sites in Heysham, Middleton and White Lund.

Development of the sites could speed the expansion of Heysham Port and help businesses take advantage of improved access provided by the proposed Heysham-M6 link road.

The cash would be used to invest in infrastructure to make the sites more appealing to prospective developers and tenants, especially those involved in energy industries.

Plans include extending White Lund Industrial Estate on sites north and south of Mellishaw Lane.

A 6.5 hectare privately owned site north of Mellishaw Lane would need £1.8m in infrastructure work to prepare it for development, while £60,000 is needed to investigate the feasibility of developing 14.5 hectares of farmland south of the lane.

Elsewhere, 12 hectares of city council owned land south of the Walkers Industrial Estate near Heysham is being marketed to potential developers, but £600,000 is needed for site clearance and laying on services like utilities.

Heysham Port owner, Peel Ports, plans to develop vacant and under-used areas of the port site to provide logistical support for the offshore wind industry. It also wants to expand onto the neighbouring Port of Heysham Industrial Estate.

See the Lancaster Guardian (26-01-12) for full story.