Members of the public are invited to help shape the future of space development in Leicester and have their say at a public consultation to be help on Thursday 7 June for the flagship project to develop a science park focused on space.
The consultation session will take place between 3.00pm and 7.30pm, for Space Park Leicester – a science park focused on the space and space-enabled industries.
The University of Leicester is working with Leicester City Council, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and the National Space Centre on the plans which will support the Government’s strategy to bring £40 billion from the space market to the UK, creating a global hub combining research, teaching and innovation.
Nick Pulley, LLEP Chair said “The LLEP is supporting this ambitious project with £7.88m from the Local Growth Fund to develop a global hub and collaborative community based on Space and Space-enabled technologies. The project will deliver 4,800m² state-of-the-art facilities for research and development, business and innovation activities, education and training and provide support to 100 businesses.”
Space Park Leicester will carry out research in Space and Earth Observation, provide training for the space scientists of the future and contribute to growth in the national space economy. This ambitious project has been developed as part of a bold plan to further enhance Leicester’s growing reputation as a world-leading hub for research in space-related industries. When completed, the estimated benefits to the regional economy are £850 million and 2,500 jobs.
The public consultation will give people the chance to appreciate the park’s vision with a selection of new images of the proposed design and detailed plans. Following the consultation, a planning application is expected to be submitted this summer.
The planning application will establish the overall vision for the development of the 3.8-hectare site, but also include more detailed plans for the first building to be constructed.
Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “I am confident that Space Park Leicester will be a major asset to the city and Leicester’s Waterside and it will help to regenerate this currently unused site.
“This is a huge opportunity to make Leicester the UK capital of space-related research, innovation and skills development.
“By working closely with the University, LLEP and the National Space Centre, we can realise this ambition and attract more investment, research activity and high value jobs to Leicester.”
Professor Martin Barstow, University of Leicester pro-vice chancellor for strategic science projects, added: “Space Park Leicester will be a world-leading space research and innovation facility, helping to train the space scientists of the future and contributing to economic growth in the region and nationally. As part of this upcoming consultation, we’re looking forward to sharing our plans with local people and taking on board their views about how they would like to see Space Park Leicester develop.”
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