Alderley Park consultation launched

A six-week consultation period on the draft development framework for the 400-acre Alderley Park in Cheshire will begin on Friday 30 January.

Cheshire East Council and Manchester Science Partnerships put together the document to guide future planning applications at the site to support the continued use of Alderley Park as a life sciences research base.

Comments are invited from technical bodies, amenity groups, residents, businesses, developers and anyone with an interest in the planning and development of the strategic employment site.

The draft framework outlines Cheshire East Council's expectations for future development on the site following the planned withdrawal of AstraZeneca's research and development function.

MSP acquired the 400-acre Alderley Park, formerly occupied by AstraZeneca, in March 2014.

MSP is expected to invest around £107m over 10 years to improve the site, repurpose buildings to make them suitable for multi-occupancy, decommission redundant facilities, and maintain and improve key assets to retain the site's R&D capabilities.

The development framework divides the park into four key areas; Mereside, Parklands, South Campus, and Woodlands and Farm.

Potential alternative land uses include a hotel, industrial and storage units, residential and non-residential institutions where the use is related to healthcare or serves the needs of site occupiers, high-quality housing, and leisure facilities.

Residential development is focused on the site of existing car park at Mereside West along the Mere.

MSP is a Manchester based public-private partnership and the UK's largest science park operator. MSP's shareholders are Bruntwood, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Manchester, Cheshire East and Salford City Councils.

HOW Planning and Planit-IE are advising MSP on the masterplanning of Alderley Park.

Comments and representations can be made between Friday 30 January and Friday 13 March, either online at or by letter to Jo Wise, CEC Spatial Planning Team, c/o Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2BJ.

Click here to view the draft masterplan.

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