Residents urged to have your say on future of BioHub
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.