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Bournemouth International Growth Programme

The Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme is a major economic growth plan focused on improving connectivity, easing congestion, protecting existing jobs and creating new ones in and around Bournemouth Airport and Wessex Fields.

Programme Status - Completed

  • Start Date: September 2015
  • End Date: March 2021
  • Local Growth Fund allocation: £40,467,873
  • Awarded to: Bournemouth Borough Council and Dorset County Council (now BCP Council and Dorset Council)

£49,167,873 million (£40,467,873 Local Growth Fund plus £8.7 million public sector match funding) was secured from 2015 to 2021 to fund a series of economy-building transport and infrastructure investments along the A338 and B3073 corridors aimed at facilitating better access into and around Bournemouth Airport as well as unlocking employment land at Aviation Business Park and at Wessex Fields.

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 BIG Programme aims:

  • Transform accessibility to and around Bournemouth Airport and Wessex Fields through extensive transport improvements.
  • Release up to 60 hectares of prime, flexible employment land for high-quality new business premises at Aviation Business Park and 6 hectares at Wessex Fields.
  • Provide the single largest employment opportunity in the south-east Dorset conurbation with the potential to create up to 10,000 new highly skilled jobs over the next decade.
  • Generate up to £500 million of GVA into the area.
  • Deliver around 350 new homes of which up to 50 per cent are affordable.
  • Deliver increased broadband capacity to Bournemouth Airport and Aviation Business Park.
  • Develop a new approach to improve skills and employee development, better tailoring it to the needs of key business sectors (aerospace, aviation, advanced manufacturing, digital media, marine, defence and financial services).

Projects within the programme:

BIG Programme info on the BCP Council website.

Transport and infrastructure improvements planned 2015-2021 as part of the BIG Programme:

BIG Programme MapBIG Programme Infographic

Other information:

Contact Details:

Dorset LEP
Rosie Macnamara, Programme Manager

> BIG Programme

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