Marshall Aerospace has submitted its Outline Planning Application to Central Bedfordshire Council this week paving the way for its relocation to Cranfield. The application can be viewed on the Central Bedfordshire Planning Portal, and the application number is: CB/22/04299/OUT.
The application follows a comprehensive round of public consultation with residents living in and around Cranfield. The application sets out Marshall’s plans for a new purpose-built facility on the Cranfield University Campus designed to facilitate the company’s ambitious plans for growth.
Marshall Chief Executive Officer Kathy Jenkins explains: “We are pleased to have reached this important milestone in our Aerospace relocation programme.
“We have been delighted with the response we have had thus far to our proposals to move our Aerospace business to Cranfield with the vast majority of people welcoming the employment opportunities and economic benefits we will bring to the area.
“In parallel with the planning process we are continuing to develop our relationship with Cranfield University and are already collaborating on a range of projects, particularly in the areas of research and skills development, that will underpin our long-term strategic partnership and bring further value to the local economy,”
Cllr Richard Wenham, Leader of Central Bedfordshire, said: “Marshall Aerospace is a major player in its field so their plans to move operations to Cranfield Airport would be a significant boost for Central Bedfordshire. This is evidence of the extensive work we do to showcase our area as an attractive business location and has the potential to provide exceptional new opportunities for local people to find rewarding, highly skilled work close to home. We are determined to continue to build local prosperity in Central Bedfordshire.”
Subject to planning approval, Marshall Aerospace intends to be operational at Cranfield during 2026 and to have vacated its current home at Cambridge Airport by 2027. The Cambridge Airport site will then be proposed for development in line with the Greater Cambridge Local Plan.
Marshall will also continue to have a presence in Cambridgeshire, operating a number of its other businesses from the area. These will include Marshall Land Systems which is due to move to a new home in the county by 2025.
Application number: CB/22/04299/OUT