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2016-11-02

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Alderley Park wins Regeneration category at RTPI North West Awards for Planning Excellence

Vectos is proud to announce that the Alderley Park life science park expansion project received a prestigious regional honour at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) North West Awards for Planning Excellence.

Instructed by Bruntwood & MSP, Vectos prepared a full Transport Assessment, several Travel Plans and a Car Parking Management Strategy to support the commercial and residential applications at Alderley Park.

We were also involved in public consultations and undertook several presentations to Parish Council’s and local residential groups. Effective consultation enabled decisions and plans to be approved in the knowledge that stakeholders and the public were able to make representations in a genuine and transparent manner.   

Vectos Project Director Darren Lovell said he is pleased that Vectos’ inputs assisted with the successful project outcomes that have ultimately lead to industry-wide recognition.

“We are proud to be part of the team that will help to deliver such an important asset for the North,” he said.

More than 400 people attended the awards at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester on Friday 7 October, where the leading life science park triumphed in the Regeneration category for its successful planning submission for a multi-million pound expansion at the 400-acre Cheshire site.

Approval was granted in February for the new development, which will provide an additional 38,000 square metres of space for life sciences companies along with new and reconfigured commercial space. The development will also deliver up to 275 new homes, a village shop, gastro pub and sports facilities.

Judges from RTPI said: “This is a very interesting project which piqued the judge’s attention given the economic and political context, including the Northern Powerhouse. This is an example of good solid planning by the project team, who sought to work alongside the planning system and the local authority planners to bring forward a successful framework for future development.

“The judges were impressed with how the framework sought to offer a viable and realistic future for this big (and important) site and how it could contribute to the wider economic growth of the city region.”