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Permission Granted for New Space Park

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Leicester City Council has granted planning permission for the second phase development of Space Park Leicester.

The landmark initiative will create a world-leading cluster for innovative research, enterprise and education in space and Earth observation, helping the UK capture a growing share of the space market.

The University of Leicester will now be able to proceed in delivering the second phase of the £100 million Space Park Leicester project.

The project will focus on research into Artificial Intelligence and robot-assisted satellite production, as well as research into solutions for downstream space data challenges.

Construction on the second phase is due to be completed in 2021, with the site being developed by the University of Leicester in collaboration with local, national and international partners.

Grant Bourhill, Chief Executive of Science Parks and Interim Director Research & Enterprise at the University of Leicester, said: "Securing planning permission for the second phase is another step forward in our ambition to create a world leading space hub right here in Leicester. This brings together three key areas of focus for our University; high quality research; working with industry and other partners to create impact from that research together with local and regional prosperity. Achieving planning permission is another key milestone and we look forward to working closely with our partners to put Leicester at the centre of space-related research, innovation and skills development."