Council Cabinet get first hand experience of Harlow Enterprise Zone

Politics / Fri 16th Jan 2015 at 02:15pm

A SPECIAL meeting of Essex County Council’s cabinet was recently held in Harlow to find out more about the latest exciting developments at Harlow Enterprise Zone and to see first hand the site which is set to transform the Essex economy.

The meeting took place in the former Nortel plant which is set to become a 21st Century business park and data centre, Kao Park, named after Sir Charles Kao, who invented fibre optic cable on the site.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure, said: “Harlow Enterprise Zone is a big boost not only to Harlow, but to the whole of Essex. There is potential for 5,000 new jobs which will have a huge knock-on effect on the economic wealth of Harlow and the surrounding area.

“The transformation of Harlow is about more than jobs – it’s about increasing education and skills opportunities in schools, it’s about Highways, it’s about bringing more people to the town.

“Holding our meeting in Harlow was a good opportunity for all Cabinet Members to understand the scale of what is starting to happen in Harlow and how it will affect their work.”

After a welcome from Cllr Jon Clempner, Leader of Harlow District Council, Andrew Bramidge, Project Director of Harlow Enterprise Zone, gave an update on progress so far.

David Bloom, Chief Executive of Goldacre Ventures, which owns the stie in London Road took the Cabinet on a tour of the site and spoke of ambitious plans for the future.

The 35-acre site is due to become a premium data centre campus, as well as 200,000 square feet of grade A office space.

The Kao Park development will occupy the southern sector of the London Road Enterprise Zone, with a further 35-acre northern sector being developed by Harlow Council for MedTech, Life Science and ICT design and build opportunities.

Anglia Ruskin University is set to create a MedTech campus on the site.

Harlow company Pryor has been contracted to start the transformation with demolition, setting up utilities supplies and new road access.

A second site in Harlow, Templefields, is being re-developed into a smaller manufacturing business park.

The Enterprise Zone offers companies business rate relief for up to five years up to £55,000, simplified planning and superfast broadband.

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