Cranfield’s Air Park plans approved

Outline planning permission has been granted for a new Air Park at Cranfield Airport.

The Air Park will help Cranfield University, which owns and operates the airport, fulfill its ambition to develop a state-of-the-art airport for private jets and to help maintain the airport for its research.

The plans show new aircraft hangars, business aviation terminal, new office space, a hotel and various upgrade works. The Air Park will be developed over two separate phases, completed by 2024, and has the potential to generate over 600 new jobs.

Cranfield Airport masterplan

Rob Abbott, Director of Aviation Operations at Cranfield University, said, “This is an exciting time for Cranfield Airport. Together with the installation of the remote control tower, the development of these new facilities will mean Cranfield Airport is one of the UK’s premier private business airports, underlined by its strategic location.”

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Director for Regeneration at Central Bedfordshire Council, Jason Longhurst, said, “This development will bring a positive enhancement to the economy of both Cranfield and the wider region, providing significant employment opportunities within Central Bedfordshire.

“Cranfield is at the cutting edge of innovation and aerospace research and development, so these are plans that chime with both our growing high-performance technologies sector, which has demonstrated significant growth, and also the government’s ambitions for the Oxford to Cambridge arc.”

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