Wessex Fields

A Local Growth Fund allocation of over £6 million has been awarded to BCP Council for Wessex Fields improvements.

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Project Status - Ongoing

  • Start Date: October 2019
  • End Date: 28 February 2021
  • Local Growth Fund allocation: £5,481,850
  • Awarded to: BCP Council
  • Part of the BIG Programme

Project Summary:

The Wessex Fields project forms part of the A338 Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme package of schemes.

The project consists of four elements:

1.The Cooper Dean Widening project

2.Wessex Fields Phase 1.1

3.Wessex Fields Phase 1.2 (extension to site boundary)

4.Wessex Fields Phase 2

The Cooper Dean Widening project is complete and work commenced on Wessex Fields Phase 1.1 in September 2018. This scheme was developed to unlock the Wessex Fields employment site by providing direct access to and from the site from the A338.

Bournemouth Borough Council submitted a planning application in November 2016 for Phase 1 (Phases 1.1 and 1.2) and Phase 2 of the scheme, on the understanding that Phase 1 would be funded by the Dorset LEP and Phase 2, whilst it has no funding in place, would be suitably progressed should the opportunity arise.

BCP Council has purchased the Wessex Fields development site and the Growth Deal Funding was allocated to BCP Council to help create 500 new jobs and protect the 10,000 existing jobs in the immediate surrounding area.

Following a Cabinet meeting in September 2019, BCP Council decided to progress Phase 1.2 to the site boundary only. Phase 1.1 and the extension will be completed by the Winter 2020. A new masterplan for the site is currently being reviewed by BCP Council.

Contact Details:

Dorset LEP
Rosie Macnamara, Programme Manager
Email: rmacnamara@bournemouth.ac.uk

Wessex Fields