Planning Approval for Alderley Park
Cheshire East Council’s Strategic Planning Board today has resolved to grant planning permission, subject to referral to the Secretary of State, for the proposed development at Alderley Park, which is aimed at securing its future as an internationally significant life science facility.
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 to 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.
Rowena Burns, Chief Executive Officer of Manchester Science Partnerships said: “The Planning Board’s decision today is great news for the future of life sciences at Alderley Park. It means that we can now move forward with our plans to improve and grow the internationally important life science campus here ensuring that Alderley Park remains at the forefront of scientific research.
“The Alderley Park Taskforce strived to deliver an impactful legacy for the site, both commercially and as a community asset. These plans represent the start of an exciting new phase in the history of Alderley Park, that will not only serve the bio science sector, but that will also be something that the community will benefit from.”
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.
Gary Halman, Managing Partner at HOW Planning added: “It is fantastic news that the Strategic Planning Board has supported these exciting proposals which are an important milestone in the rebirth of Alderley Park as a major hub for the Life Sciences. It’s been a very positive working relationship with Cheshire East, and testament to the shared vision amongst all stakeholders that this site has a pivotal role to play in the UK Life Sciences sector.
It’s a fantastic scheme which will deliver not just major economic benefits, but also lots of positives for the local community - including public access to the superb parkland and large areas of woodland for the first time, providing great leisure opportunities for local residents.”
The science campus has been designed by BDP architects with the residential south campus developed by Planit-IE in collaboration with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Vectos have provided advice on highways and transport, while stakeholder and community engagement firm, Resolve Public Affairs has assisted Manchester Science Partnerships through the consultation with the local community.