Sci­ence park plan put out to con­sul­ta­tion

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

A DOC­U­MENT which sets out what can be built at Alder­ley Park goes out to con­sul­ta­tion this week.

Cheshire East is ask­ing for views on the draft de­vel­op­ment frame­work, which de­tails how the Nether Alder­ley site can be de­vel­oped.

As­traZeneca has a base at the site but is mov­ing its Re­search and De­vel­op­ment op­er­a­tion out. New owner Manch­ester Sci­ence Part­ner­ships (MSP) is de­vel­op­ing the 400-acre green­belt site as a life sci­ence park which could pro­vide 7,000 jobs.

The As­traZeneca trans­fer is six months ahead of sched­ule so MSP needs to de­velop the site sooner than ex­pected. This in­cludes re­leas­ing some of the land for other de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing hous­ing.

The draft de­vel­op­ment frame­work will act as a guide to what can be built and will be con­sid­ered in plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions.

A six-week con­sul­ta­tion on the doc­u­ment starts on Fri­day.

Rowena Burns, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at MSP, said: “The fu­ture of Alder­ley Park as a high qual­ity bio­science cen­tre is vi­tally im­por­tant to the lo­cal econ­omy.”

View the draft frame­work at cheshire, in li­braries and at Mac­cles­field Town Hall. Com­ments can be made un­til Fri­day, March 13, on­line or to Jo Wise, CEC Spa­tial Plan­ning Team, c/o Mu­nic­i­pal Build­ings, Earle Street, Crewe, CW1 2BJ.

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