Work starts on multi-million pound scheme

Work has started on a multi-million pound scheme to unlock land for employment and housing development in Ashbourne.

Derbyshire County Council is leading the project to build a new roundabout on the A52 and a new road to serve the proposed new Ashbourne Business Park and provide a much-needed second access to the existing Ashbourne Airfield Industrial Estate.

The project is part of a wider regeneration scheme involving Derbyshire Dales District Council and Ashbourne-based landowner/developer FW Harrison.

Proposals put forward by the developer for the new business park include nine hectares of serviced, development-ready employment land, 60,000 sq ft of new employment floorspace and access to land for new housing development.

Derbyshire Dales District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said:
"The infrastructure scheme is a hugely significant regeneration project for the Derbyshire Dales and will be a key driver for renewed economic growth post COVID. Derbyshire Dales District Council is proud to be playing a lead role.
"This site is superbly located. The new roundabout and link road will address existing highway capacity problems and unlock the site's enormous potential, providing much needed jobs within the local area."

The initial works will see construction of a new 50m-wide three arm roundabout on the A52. The roundabout will cost £2.5m to install with FW Harrison contributing £1.5m and the remaining £1m being funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership through its Local Growth Fund.

The Harrison family has been working towards getting the site developed for over 10 years. Paul Harrison, Managing Director of F W Harrison Estates Ltd’ said:
“We are excited to see work start on site and look forward now to bringing forward the commercial and residential development.”

The new link road will provide a 720 metre long extension to Blenheim Road, connecting to the A52 via the new roundabout and will be wholly funded by FW Harrison with improvement works to the final stretch of Blenheim Road funded by Derbyshire Dales District Council. The scheme will help accelerate the delivery of new employment and housing land in this part of the district.

Ashbourne Airfield Industrial Estate is the largest employment location in the Derbyshire Dales and the focus of the district’s manufacturing economy, occupied by over 70 businesses employing over 2,000 people.

Ashbourne Airfield link road sketch 510px

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:
“This new link road and roundabout is the key to unlocking land to bring new jobs and housing to the area as well as easing congestion on Blenheim Road.
“We’re working hard behind the scenes to get work on the ground started as soon as possible, signalling the beginnings of what we hope will become a huge economic benefit to the area.”

Construction firm Eurovia has been appointed to build the roundabout with the contractor selected to build the road set to be announced in the coming weeks.

Work on the roundabout and link road are expected to be complete by Summer 2021.

Temporary traffic signals will be used on the A52 throughout the roundabout construction with overnight road closures to complete crossings of the carriageway.
Work has started on a multi-million pound scheme to unlock land for employment and housing development in Ashbourne.

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