In August 2011, HM Treasury announced that Harlow had been successful in a bid for Enterprise Zone (EZ) status. The bid, developed by Harlow Council in partnership with the West Essex Alliance and other key partners was submitted to Government by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.
What is an Enterprise Zone?
Harlow Enterprise Zone is one of 24 locations across the country, designated by the UK Government, to provide incentives for investment. The zones benefit from reduced barriers for businesses, including lower tax levels, superfast broadband, and fewer regulatory and administrative procedures.
The Harlow Enterprise Zone provides three specific opportunities
- London Road South; 20,000 square metres of ‘Grade A’ office space as well as a Data Centre development
- London Road North; 14 hectare greenfield site available for design and build opportunities with a focus on the Med Tech, Life Science and ICT sectors
- Templefields; existing industrial estate offering SME manufacturing space and longer term re-development opportunities
Benefits of Harlow Enterprise Zone
- Business rates relief for eligible target-sector companies
- Simplified planning, through the use of Local Development Orders
- Better site connectivity through new and improved road measures and access to both sites,
- Access to superfast broadband,
- Inward investment campaign promoting the Harlow and West Essex offer to business, regionally, nationally and internationally.
- Business support, networking and supply chain development opportunities within the target sectors, and
- The potential to create up to 5,000 new jobs,
Anglia Ruskin University MedTech Campus
The Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus will provide one of the world's largest health innovation spaces for companies of all sizes - from start-ups and micro SMEs to large corporates - with the aim of establishing the UK as a global force in a sector worth £170 billion per year. The project, which is a partnership between Chelmsford City Council, Harlow Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Anglia Ruskin University, is predicted to grow the UK medical technology sector by £1.2bn and generate approximately 12,500 jobs. Anglia Ruskin is the lead academic partner and key provider of business and innovation services. It will facilitate access to a range of relevant expertise, sector-dedicated research, specialist consultancy staff, and testing and clinical trials capabilities. Three sites will be developed across Essex - in Chelmsford, Harlow and Southend-on-Sea. A business network will act as a catalyst for innovation, supporting the commercial exploitation of ideas through a portfolio of services offered domestically and internationally. For more information visit www.medtechcampus.com
Progress to date
Construction work is now underway on the former Nortel site at London Road South. This is set to be transformed into a twenty-first century business park comprising high quality offices and data centres. This work will take place during 2015 with new tenants moving into the site in 2016. At London Road North, Harlow Council is now seeking a joint venture development partner and will shortly launch a public procurement process to achieve this. It is then intended to create a new Science Park on the site to attract new businesses providing a range of employment opportunities.
Business Rates Relief
Harlow Council will grant a business rate relief to occupiers of non-domestic properties located within the Harlow Enterprise Zone in certain circumstances. More information on the Enterprise Zone Relief Policy and how to apply
Local Development Orders (LDOs)
To unlock and enable easy development of the Enterprise Zone sites Harlow Council has prepared three Local Development Orders (LDOs). This enables the grant of planning permission for specific types of development providing the proposal conforms to and meets the requirements set out in a schedule and planning conditions.
The LDOs support the objectives of Enterprise Zones by simplifying the planning process, reducing delay and providing certainty, thereby stimulating future investment and creating new job opportunities that will assist the regeneration of Harlow and provide wider benefits for West Essex. All three LDOs have been approved and now provide the planning framework for successful development over the next ten years: