Plans for Airfield to Create 60 New Jobs

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Byline: HYWEL TREWYN

PLANS to re-open a former airfield have received a huge boost as it has been included in the Snowdonia Enterprise Zone.

Business Minister Edwina Hart has confirmed that Llanbedr Airfield, will be included in the new zone, along with the former nuclear power station site at Trawsfynydd ten miles away.

The Snowdonia Enterprise Zone will allow simpler planning rules, fast broadband and tax breaks in an effort to encourage IT, energy and environmental businesses. Llanbedr Airfield Estates (LAE) has a long lease on the site which it wants to turn into a dismantling yard for airliners as large as Boeing 747s which are incapable of being returned to active use as well as aircraft maintenance.

The planes would be flown in to the site and 60 jobs would be created.

The company also wants to carry out research and development for the testing, evaluation and development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The news was welcomed by LAE's David Young who said it sent "very strong messages" that everybody wanted Llanbedr to succeed including the local community, the Welsh Government, Gwynedd Council, SnowNational Park Authority (SNPA), as well as Dwyfor Meirionnydd MP Elfyn Llwyd and AM Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas. …