Friday, 24 August 2012

First Job Opportunities Approved For New Enterprise Zone

Cambridgeshire County Council has approved a new development which will create the first job opportunities within the Alconbury Enterprise Zone, whilst at the same time helping to protect the environment.

Following consultation with Huntingdonshire District Council and Great Stukeley Parish Council, planning permission has been granted for conversion of two existing buildings on the former airfield to house a demonstration recovery plant which will divert laminated packaging, mainly sourced locally, away from landfill.

The company Enval will use the new plant as a demonstration site to show off an innovative heat process for recovering valuable materials from used laminated packaging. Enval intend to demonstrate the new technology to other potential users working in the recycling industry in the expectation that similar plants will be built in other parts of the UK and further afield.

The demonstration site will create the first job opportunities with in the Enterprise Zone which has been created to generate economic and employment opportunities in the Huntingdon area - and the planning application was backed by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (GCCP)

GCCP Interim Chairman Mark Reeve, said: "This is an excellent example of the opportunity the Enterprise Campus offers for businesses looking to develop new products locally and take it to a business development stage. We strongly supported the planning application which provides the space to retain and grow locally generated ideas from the area's world class centres of knowledge, and in turn deliver jobs and opportunities for the local area."

County Council Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, Councillor Ian Bates, said: "I am delighted that this planning application has been approved. This development marks the return of the company to Cambridgeshire and absolutely aligns with our hopes and ambitions that the Alconbury Enterprise Zone will generate economic growth and increased employment opportunities in the area and again proves that Cambridgeshire is truly open for business!"

The new demonstration centre aligns perfectly with the County Council's planning policy commitment to recycling which was adopted earlier this year. Planning permission was granted after extensive pre-application discussions between Enval and the county and district councils.

Councillor Jason Ablewhite, Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, said: "I am really pleased to see the progress being made towards the realisation of our shared aspiration to see innovative high quality jobs being delivered within the Enterprise Zone."