The Newport Innovation and Enterprise package will create serviced employment land including an Enterprise and Science Park with direct links to the Harper Adams Centre for Innovation. It will attract investment from high tech businesses, stimulating complementary research and development activities and encouraging supply chain growth across a wide range of companies engaged in new agricultural technologies and with links to Telford’s strong advanced manufacturing sector.
The project needs to be delivered to address the following:
- Newport has a lack of employment floor space, particularly quality facilities for research and development
- the lack of job opportunities in Newport puts a greater reliance on the highways network given the increased level of car journeys to employment hubs such as Telford
- low levels of Research and Development and commercialisation
- poor virtual and physical connectivity.
Upon completion of the project the Newport Innovation and Enterprise package will form part of the solution for this problem, providing an opportunity for high tech businesses to cluster, with larger companies working with smaller businesses and Harper Adams Centre for Innovation providing technical support and training.
Failure to capitalise on the opportunity presented by the expansion will constrain the Marches in its aspiration to increase productivity and Gross Value Added and increase levels of innovation and stimulate the growth of an important economic sector.
The Newport Innovation and Enterprise Package seeks to accelerate the delivery of 1,350 new houses and 10 acres of employment land creating 400 new jobs including an Enterprise and Science Park.
Download the location plan of the Newport Innovation and Enterprise Package.
Feasibility work is currently being carried out on the following road investment programme to provide suitable access to the Enterprise and Science Park:
- A41/A518 southern roundabout improvements
- A518/Audley Avenue/Enterprise and Science Park – new roundabout junction
- A518/Enterprise and Science Park – new roundabout junction between Audley Avenue and Station Road
- Conversion of the section of the A518 between the A41 and Audley Avenue to dual carriageway with a parallel off road cycle and pedestrian route alongside. The National Speed Limit currently applies although this can be changed
- A518/Station Road roundabout improvements.
Newport Town Centre
The package includes funding to support improvements within Newport town centre to ensure the job and housing creation is linking to continuing support of the town centre. This package is to be scoped with the Town Council within the available budget but could include:
- delivery of road safety and schemes as scoped and agreed with the Community Safety Partnership which includes speed limits changes, movement restrictions and parking restrictions
- improvements to bus infrastructure in the Newport area
- provision of pick up/drop off parking at Newport bus station
- new cycle parking facilities in Newport town centre and at Newport bus station
- additional public seating at Newport bus station
- electric car charging points
- enhanced signing of cycle route between Newport town centre and the Enterprise and Science Park.
Download the consultation plans for the Newport Town Centre proposals.