Jobs hope for Wisbech

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Nearly 2,000 jobs could be created if plans to create an enterprise park in Wisbech come to fruition.

Fenland District Council’s planning committee will today be deciding whether to support the concept of creating a business and residential park in south Wisbech.

The plan sets out proposals for 217 acres of land, which includes 54 hectares of employment land and 350 homes.

The sites run between the River Nene and the Elm Low Road and are hoped to be delivered between 2016 and 2031.

Another key proposal for the park includes the creation of a new east-west road from Cromwell Road to New Bridge Lane, along with another roundabout.

The first phase could include office, light industry and distribution businesses, which are expected to create 600 jobs.

Housing is covered in the second phase while the third phase, which spans from the New Bridge Lane area, is hoped to create 1,600 jobs.

The proposal has been welcomed by Wisbech Chamber of Commerce chairman Kevin Smith.

He said: “It will be a tremendous boost for the local economy if this goes ahead. Any investment of this scale is a big plus for the area.”