Alderley Park Planning Submission

Manchester Sciences Partnerships, a public-private consortium led by Bruntwood, has submitted an outline planning application to Cheshire East Council for the redevelopment of the 400-acre Alderley Park, into “a world-class life science facility”.

The planning application proposes 400,000 sq ft of additional office and labs for life science occupiers, up to 275 new homes, and a village hub offering complementary uses such as a shop, gastro-pub and hotel. Sport and recreation facilities will be open to the public for the first time and the local community will be able to use the existing footpaths, woodland and heritage parkland.

Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) acquired Alderley Park, formerly occupied by AstraZeneca, in March 2014. Earlier this year Cheshire East Council approved a framework and masterplan which established planning principles for bring forward development on the site.

The planning application has now been submitted on behalf of Bruntwood/MSP by Manchester-based planning consultants HOW Planning. The science campus was designed by BDP Architects, with the south campus vision created by Planit IE with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Vectos provided advice on highways and transport, while stakeholder and community engagement firm, Resolve Public Affairs assisted MSP through the consultation with the local community.

Rowena Burns, chief executive of MSP, said: “From the public consultations that we have held, it is clear that Alderley Park has played an important role in many people’s lives over the years and we have had a lot of interest in the proposals. It is encouraging that the response the proposals have received from the local community has been very positive. People want to see a successful future for Alderley Park, which builds on its achievements and international reputation.”

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.