Res­i­dents urged to have your say on fu­ture of BioHub

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

A DOC­U­MENT which sets out what can be built at the new BioHub has gone out to con­sul­ta­tion.

The BioHub at Alder­ley Park will re­place the As­traZeneca site as a cen­tre for Bio­science com­pa­nies, with Cheshire East Coun­cil own­ing a stake in the park.

The coun­cil’s cab­i­net Cab­i­net has now ap­proved a doc­u­ment - a draft de­vel­op­ment frame­work - which de­tails how the Nether Alder­ley site can be de­vel­oped.

Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firm As­traZeneca, which has a base at Hurds­field, also has a base at the site, but is mov­ing its Re­search and De­vel­op­ment op­er­a­tion out by 2016, leav­ing around 700 staff.

The site is be­ing de­vel­oped as a life sci­ence park named Biohub by new majority owner Manch­ester Sci­ence Part­ner­ships (MSP).

MSP wants to invest £107m over 10 years and is at­tract­ing com­pa­nies which spe­cialise in ar­eas such as drugs and med­i­cal de­vices.

It’s con­sid­ered a ma­jor em­ployer in the area and could pro­vide 7,000 jobs.

As­traZeneca’s move to Cam­bridge is six months ahead of sched­ule so MSP needs to de­velop the site sooner than ex­pected. It needs to re­lease some of the 400-acre green belt site for other de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing hous­ing which would be mainly to the south.

The coun­cil’s de­vel­op­ment frame­work aims to guide de­vel­op­ers about what can be built at the park and will be used to de­ter­mine plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions. A six-week con­sul­ta­tion has started on the doc­u­ment which is on the Cheshire East web­site.

Coun Michael Jones, leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil which owns a stake in Alder­ley Park, said new homes would only be al­lowed to help fund the life sci­ence hub.

Coun Jones said: “Our aim is to cre­ate a world­class hub for life sciences while pro­tect­ing the site’s her­itage.

“A re­de­vel­oped Alder­ley Park could support as many as 7,000 jobs, more than were em­ployed at the peak of As­traZeneca’s ac­tiv­ity.”

The de­vel­oped ar­eas of Alder­ley Park are known as Mere­side, Park­lands and South Cam­pus and the rest is wood­land, farm­land or park­land.

To view the con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ments go to the coun­cil web­site at www.cheshireeast.gov. uk/coun­cil_and_ democ­racy.

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