Beginning in sight for Ross Enterprise Park

11th March 2019

Work on exciting new development set to begin in late spring

Following extensive pre-works last year, work will begin on the first phase of employment land at the new Ross Enterprise Park in late spring.

The council is working with its development partner, energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE, to release 8.5 acres of land to be utilised by businesses and developers to undertake their own design and build, enabling the creation of up to 250 jobs. Works to create the infrastructure will include the construction of site access, internal roads, groundwork's, utilities and drainage.

When all phases are complete, Ross Enterprise Park, positioned to the east of Ross-on-Wye in the Hildersley area, will provide up to 300,000 square feet of new commercial floorspace and up to 1,000 jobs. The business park has excellent transport links, including immediate access to the M50 and the A449 which links to the nearby M4 corridor.

Ross Enterprise Park will be the first project within the council’s Development and Regeneration Programme (DRP) to see works begin on site. The DRP is a partnership between Herefordshire Council, Keepmoat Homes and ENGIE, which will support the council’s economic vision for the county, attract inward investment and deliver employment sites, new homes and jobs over the next 10 to 20 years. 

Cllr Harry Bramer, Cabinet member contracts and assets, said: “I’m delighted that work on site at Ross Enterprise Park will begin this spring. After years of development, it is exciting that we will soon be able to see the physical construction beginning to take place, and ideas coming to life that up until now we have only seen on paper. This is the first project within the council’s Development and Regeneration Partnership to see works begin on site, and we are thrilled to see the DRP gathering momentum and beginning to deliver real, positive changes for our county.”

Cllr David Harlow, Cabinet member economy and communications, said: “The first phase of the Ross Enterprise Park project alone is anticipated to create up to 250 new jobs for local people and provide space for 20 local businesses, which is great news for the local economy of Ross and Herefordshire as a whole. This is the first of what we hope will be many successes for the DRP, attracting inward investment and supporting the improvement of the county as a great place to live, work, study and visit.”

Cllr Phillip Cutter, County Councillor for Ross East, said: “As the local councillor for Ross East, I have been involved in the Enterprise Park project for many years and it is fantastic to see it coming to fruition. The location is ideal, with development space available and excellent transport links, and I am very much looking forward to seeing the scheme progress and deliver new jobs and investment to the region.”

Jake Fellows, Major Projects Director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said: “Ross Enterprise Park is the first development to get underway as part of our partnership journey with Herefordshire County Council, and we’re really looking forward to getting started on site. The Development and Regeneration Programme is a key partnership for ENGIE, and we’re delighted to be working with our partners to transform their vision for the county into reality over the coming years.”