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New £75 million space park to create 2,500 science jobs

The public is being invited to view detailed plans for a new £75 million Leicester space park, which is set to bring thousands of jobs to the region.

According to the plans, the University of Leicester has worked alongside Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) to develop proposals for a new space park, which will be constructed as part of the government's strategy to draw £40 billion from the space market to Britain.

Space Park Leicester is set to bring 2,500 science jobs to the region as experts carry out research in Space and Earth Observation, offer training to future scientists and contribute to the growth of the country's space economy. It is also hoped the development will boost Leicester's reputation as a leader in space research.

Once the consultation period is over, a planning application is set to establish the vision for the project, which will then move into Phase 1 of the building process in early 2019. According to the plans, this stage will include the creation of a collaboration space, teach spaces and laboratories.

In response to the news, Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby added that he is confident the space park will soon become an important part of the city, as well as the wider region.

"This is a huge opportunity to make Leicester the UK capital of space-related research, innovation and skills development," he said. "By working closely with the University, LLEP and the National Space Centre, we can realise this ambition and attract more investment, research activity and high value jobs to Leicester."

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