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Next step for Pioneer Park development

Published on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WORK that will pave the way for the development of a space park at Leicester’s Pioneer Park could get under way in spring next year.

The city council plans to clear a six-hectare site on the former John Ellis site and prepare it for development by addressing flood risk and drainage issues, creating new access to the site and providing essential utilities.

As part of the scheme, the council will create better connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the site, the National Space Centre and the Abbey Pumping Station, while enhancing the public realm.

The council will also acquire two further brownfield sites in the area – both currently owned by the Homes & Communities Agency – to secure their future use as employment land for hi-tech businesses.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “These works will provide the infrastructure we need to deliver the ambitious plans we have for Pioneer Park and the area around the National Space Centre.

“By preparing these sites for development, we can support the University of Leicester’s proposals for a space park and encourage economic growth by attracting businesses in the space and satellite technology sector to the area.”

The infrastructure works at Pioneer Park will be supported by the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

A sum of £5m was allocated to the project as part of a £13m award that will also support the University of Leicester’s proposals for a space park at Pioneer Park.

The City Mayor has now approved the release of the funds to enable the delivery of the infrastructure works.

Subject to planning permission, work could start on site next spring.