Braintree: Hopes for new jobs at expanded Earls Colne Business Park

A unit on the Earls Colne Business Park

A unit on the Earls Colne Business Park - Credit: Archant

Up to 50 jobs could be created after proposals to expand a business park in north Essex were given the go-ahead.

Officers at Braintree District Council have granted permission for two new business units to be built at the Earls Colne Business Park – providing an additional 1440sq m of office space on the site.

The two new multi-functional units are aimed at start-up firms and although it has not been confirmed who will be taking over the space, the park is reported to have received a number of expressions of interest.

Lady Patricia Newton, cabinet member for planning and property at the council, said: “The Earls Colne Business Park is one of the district’s most established and successful business hubs. It is currently operating at capacity, employing over 1,400 people and housing companies ranging from large industrials through to small high tech enterprises.

“As a council it is vital we recognise the importance of our key business sites and work with them to look at their changing needs and requirements.

“We have set tough targets for the district in terms of creating jobs and supporting business, and these new units will aid this.

“With an increasing number of start-ups looking for space, the creation of these new units will allow the business park to attract new businesses or those looking to expand, and is expected to see up to 50 new jobs created.”

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Malcolm Hobbs, managing director of Earls Colne Business Park, said he has been impressed at the support the council has given to businesses in the district.

He added: “In addition to the new units we have recently been supported in our application for a new rural business centre proposal, which will provide employment opportunities and help for new businesses over the coming years, when it comes on stream in late 2014.”

Earls Colne Business Park is situated on the site of the former USAAF Second World War airbase, next to the Marks Hall Country Park and still retains an airfield with custom clearance.

Businesses already located at the park include SVP, Ford, Gigawave, Milbank, Flight Timber and Baxters Foods.