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Google set to buy land at North Weald Airfield

Business / Wed 24th Jan 2024 at 07:38am

EPPING Forest District Council has today announced the sale of land at North Weald Airfield to Google for the potential development of a new data centre campus.

The 52 acres of land has been allocated for employment use and is located within the UK Innovation Corridor.

North Weald Airfield will continue to function as an operational aerodrome as part of the plans, which also include the delivery of a new combined Control Tower and Fire Station.The announcement follows extensive consultation carried out in adoption of the Masterplan for the site last March. This included key local stakeholders, businesses and other occupiers based at North Weald Airfield, as well as local residents.

An airfield tenants liaison group will also launch in the coming weeks.

Cllr Chris Whitbread, Leader of Epping Forest District Council, said: The potential that this development brings is immense – not only in terms of advancing our digital infrastructure but also in generating high-quality, well-paid employment opportunities and bolstering our local economy.The sale makes the best use of the land available at North Weald Airfield, both in terms of driving forward our local economy as well as meeting the recommendations of the Strategic Masterplan.

“It comes after the North Weald Airfield Masterplan was formally endorsed by Epping Forest District Council on 13 March 2023.

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10 Comments for Google set to buy land at North Weald Airfield:

James Leppard
2024-01-24 09:06:30

These are the type of companies we wish to attract to the area. They bring high-skilled and well paid employment opportunities, which precisely what we need to generate prosperity.

Alderman Durcan
2024-01-24 12:20:21

James is absolutely correct and this is great news for the West Essex corridor. Might help push forward the infer structure to support such an opportunity. New jobs and new opportunities. Hope the Epping forest council works hand in glove with the parish council to support the local community.

jarrett
2024-01-24 13:16:22

Land banking or 2 data centres. https://www.constructionenquirer.com/2024/01/19/google-to-build-800m-data-centre-in-waltham-cross/

Tez
2024-01-24 14:01:28

Its great that a blue chip company like google have taken to purchase land from North Weald Airfield but if you read the full documents Google have yet to decided if they will use the land for a new data centre or not, they may decide to not occupy the land at all ! they bought land in Hertfordshire in 2020 and have only just announced they are planning to build a data centre there also, so until they put in planning permission who knows what they will do with the land, hopefully it will be put to good use but theses things take years and not months to assemble so don't hold your breath !

Pedro
2024-01-24 15:24:19

Tez, I bet Google built quicker than Harlow's new hospital

JB
2024-01-24 17:11:35

Average data centre employs about 50 people. Microsoft, Google, etc.

Robert Thomas Furber
2024-01-24 17:43:47

That Epping Forest Council clearly felt the need to offload some of it's assets - I am pleased for. That it is initially tagged as a Data Centre rather surprises me as Google bought land for such an entity in Hertfordshire in 2020??? - We are still waiting. Data Centers per sae don't employ that many people and are notoriously 'coy' about their operation. Good Luck North Weald Airport - what has to change to accommodate this sell off??

Chris
2024-01-24 18:58:50

Great to see the counsellors have no idea of what a data centre entails for the local community. No local usage of resources aside from council and business rates, little to no local value in terms of business dealings. Very low employment per square meterage. Overall a big blot of nothingness, but at least it won't become housing so that is a sliver lining to a big cloud facility.

Nigel Grist
2024-01-25 07:18:45

I wonder whether the Saturday Market will be allowed to continue , as well as the regular events held on the airfield , with Google becoming the landlord ?

Resident
2024-01-25 14:36:58

We need to bring manufacturing and skilled work back that actually employs people and stops us relying on cheap labour in China etc. Harlow used to have thriving industrial parks offering employment across a range of industries. There's nothing left.

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