Thousands of skilled and higher paid jobs are set to be created at the Robin Hood Airport Enterprise Zone in Doncaster.
The currently vacant site will eventually accommodate 2,000 engineering and manufacturing jobs, with hopes that once the land is occupied it will act as a catalyst for further investment, creating a further 2,500 jobs.
Doncaster Council’s cabinet meeting, yesterday, heard that the site will provide an attractive tool for the borough and enable the town to compete for investment with other Enterprise Zones.
A report to members sought approval to centrally pool the business rates generated from the Enterprise Zone, recently approved by the Government for reinvestment in the economy.
Director of Regeneration and Environment Peter Dale said: “Enterprise Zones are an important tool to attract investment.
“It will provide an incentive to businesses to invest, this is a great outcome for Doncaster, it’s a great opportunity.”
Councillor Bob Johnson said: “This Enterprise Zone will help us give a more competitive offer across the UK.”
Mayor Ros Jones said: “This is about the growth of the borough and is putting us on a level playing field with our neighbouring boroughs. I commend this report.”
Councillor Joe Blackham added: “The mayor has done an outstanding piece of work for Doncaster. I’m delighted with the news.”
Chairman Glyn Jones said: “It’s Team Doncaster that’s moving this forward to bring jobs and prospects back to Doncaster, as we know it deserves.”
Work on the £56 million Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme which links to Junction 3 of the M18 got under way in March.
The new airport link road will support the expansion plans at Robin Hood Airport and the new Enterprise Zone.
* Member of the public Doug Wright addressed the cabinet raising concerns about the possible closure of Cantley Library.
Coun Joe Blackham said that a period of public consultation was currently taking place and no decision would be made until that had been completed.
He added: “We’ve got a clear marker that we don’t want to see libraries closed. Thankfully at the moment we have an abundance of volunteers to run them.”