Economic Benefits

CALA’s proposed development of 3,500 new homes on brownfield land at Long Marston Airfield offers the opportunity to stimulate economic growth and help to reduce the impact of local authority budget cuts.

It is clear that there remains a requirement to provide new private and affordable homes in the district and CALA’s proposal at Long Marston Airfield would deliver more 3,500 homes on one brownfield site. It would also deliver significant benefit to the local community through a Section 106 contribution, further investment in local infrastructure and significant employment opportunities.

A report commissioned by CALA Homes, produced by Nathanial Lichfield & Partners using independent evidence and data, estimates that the development would deliver the following benefits:

Employment opportunities:

  • 4,345 total jobs including 13 in health, 202 in community uses, 220 in education, 339 in education and 3,571 in offices
  • 1,912 indirect/induced jobs supported in the supply chain
  • 459 direct construction jobs over the 20 year length of the build
  • 692 indirect/induced construction jobs in the supply chain for each year of construction
  • 438 new operational jobs, supported by increased resident expenditure in the local area

Economic impacts:

  • £17.5million first occupation expenditure on goods and services – much of which would be captured locally
  • £29.7million estimated additional resident convenience expenditure per annum
  • £340.3million expected additional economic output
  • £390.6million total construction value of the development – delivering a further £66.5million expected additional economic output per annum

Revenue generation:

  • £35.2million New Homes Bonus payments over a six year period
  • £5.62million additional Council Tax revenues per annum
  • £1.44million additional Business Rate revenue per annum
  • £97.5million Community Infrastructure Levy and other planning contributions