HOW Planning has been acknowledged for its regeneration work in the North West, having been presented with an RTIP NW Planning Excellence award in recognition of its work leading the team at Alderley Park in Cheshire.
In February 2016, Cheshire East Council’s Strategic Planning Board granted planning permission for the proposed development at Alderley Park, which is aimed at securing its future as an internationally significant life science facility, and has been acknowledged by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
The planning application was submitted by HOW Planning and comprises a development which will provide 38,000 sq m of new space for life sciences in addition to over 100,000 sq m of space for life sciences already in place and could in time, secure as many as 7,000 jobs.
HOW provided lead planning and environmental advice to promote the repurposing and regeneration of the site from single occupancy (AstraZeneca) to multiple occupancy by a mix of life-science related businesses. The scheme also aims to deliver up to 275 new homes in a high quality living environment, capturing the heritage and characteristics of the former country estate and parkland setting.
The housing will help to pump prime the necessary investment required the support the repurposing of the science campus. Alongside the housing development, a new village hub will offer complementary uses such as a farm shop, gastro pub and hotel.
The plans have also been designed with the local community in mind. Making the site accessible for local residents to experience and enjoy has been a focus of the development. For the first time, the local community will be able to access footpaths, woodland and heritage parkland, which will create links to the surrounding public footpath and bridleway network through National Trust land around Alderley Edge. The existing sport and recreation facilities will be reconfigured and enhanced and will also be available for the public to enjoy.
The decision means that Manchester Science Partnerships can now move forward with their plans to improve and grow the internationally important life science campus, ensuring that Alderley Park remains at the forefront of scientific research.
Alderley Park is a significant driver of the local and regional economy, and could contribute circa £245 million per annum. It will also provide a boost to the job market with up to 415 construction jobs per year, being sustained during the ten-year construction phase of the development.
The plans mark an important milestone in the rebirth of Alderley Park as a major hub for the Life Sciences demonstrating the site has a pivotal role to play in the UK Life Sciences sector.
The project team for Alderley Park included BDP Architects, Planit-IE, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Vectos, and Resolve Public Affairs.