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Consultation begins on multi-million pound business park

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Date Published: 04/10/07

Local residents and interested stakeholders are being invited to share their views on proposals to build a new multi-million pound business park near to Aston Clinton. Thousands of new jobs could be created if the plans to develop a 22-hectare si...

Local residents and interested stakeholders are being invited to share their views on proposals to build a new multi-million pound business park near to Aston Clinton.

Thousands of new jobs could be created if the plans to develop a 22-hectare site on land north of Aston Clinton Road, Aylesbury, go ahead.

Draft proposals for the site are set out in a development brief published by Aylesbury Vale District Council today (3 October) for public consultation.

The draft brief is not a planning application and no submissions to build on the site have yet been made. But the document – produced by consultants in close association with the council – does set out the important issues which must be addressed when detailed proposals are brought forward and that developers will need to cover when preparing and submitting planning applications.

The planning brief suggests the allocated site could be developed as a state-of-the-art business park which caters for a wide range of businesses, from small start up-firms to major corporations. The site will also provide facilities that can be enjoyed by both the local business community and residents alike.

Key aspects of the development brief include:
• New employment space
• An innovation centre to provide high quality business premises for a range of start-up companies
• An Enterprise Hub which will become the centre of Aylesbury’s entrepreneurial, research and development, and training network
• A businesses facilities centre which will include a children’s nursery, catering facility and conference centre
• A sports facility/gym and hotel
• A range of housing, shops, cafes and restaurants

The site is regarded as a key strategic employment site in the Milton Keynes and South Midlands Sub Regional Strategy and in the emerging South East Plan. The land is currently allocated as a business park in the adopted AVDC Local Plan 2004 and forms one of three Major Development Areas in the Local Plan.

The government requires Aylesbury Vale to provide 21,200 new homes by 2026 and AVDC is planning to have at least one new job for every new house built in the district. The proposed business park is likely to be where the vast majority of the new jobs are located for residents living in the thousands of houses due to be built as part of the long term development of the district.

Councillor Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “The development of this land has been one of the district council’s major objectives for a number of years and we intend it to be a prestigious commercial gateway into Aylesbury. The business park will attract more companies to invest in the area, boosting the local economy and supporting the long-term regeneration of the surrounding communities. It will offer opportunities for people to work locally, ensuring both jobs and revenue stay in the Vale, and the need to commute is avoided.”

It is anticipated that, subject to any comments, the draft development brief will be approved by the council by the end of 2007.

A public exhibition is to be held over two days at the Holiday Inn hotel, Aston Clinton Road, to give people the opportunity to take a closer look at the plans. The exhibition will be held on 17 and 18 October from 3pm to 8pm both days, when planning officers will be present to answer queries.

Councillor Paternoster is encouraging local residents and interested stakeholders to have their say on the draft proposals. “I would urge all those who can do so to attend the public exhibitions and send in their comments on the draft proposals. We are giving local people the opportunity to shape the future development of employment for Aylesbury. We need to help create the jobs which will be desperately needed given the housing growth we have to accommodate.”

 

Contact information

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk