Strategic site 1: Port of Fleetwood
Port of Fleetwood
Location: Fleetwood, at the end of the A585.
Key Stakeholder/Owner: Associated British Ports
Summary: Situated at the mouth of the River Wyre, the Port of Fleetwood was, up until the 1970s, one of England's major fishing ports, and also hosted the Fleetwood roll-on/roll-off ferry terminus for services to the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland until the early 2010s. Today, the site is home to key maritime uses including the port's remaining fishing fleet, yacht marinas and a thriving fish processing sector, as well as other developments including the Freeport shopping outlet village and waterfront housing schemes.
Opportunities: Ease of access to the Irish Sea, as well as proximity to the Fylde Coast's existing energy industry cluster and imminent Lancashire Energy HQ at Blackpool and the Fylde College, makes the Port of Fleetwood an ideal location in which to establish businesses serving the offshore wind industry. With existing dock infrastructure, the site is also ideal for other nautical uses, as well as mixed use developments.