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POLICY DS10 - Development Associated with the Central Technology Belt

  1. The allocation of sites to meet the Structure Plan land requirement up to 2011 (and the longer term Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) provisions which run to 2021) has been made on the basis that the continued redevelopment of site E3 (Malvern Hills Science Park) and site E4 (QinetiQ South) will contribute to the provision of a balanced portfolio of employment sites. They are also essential to meeting RSS objectives associated with the Central Technology Belt (CTB). Accordingly, redevelopment of these two sites will be restricted primarily to Use Class B1(b) although related and ancillary Use Class B1(a) floorspace may be authorised subject to restrictive occupancy conditions or other undertakings. This will ensure the provision of additional incubator and research facilities within acceptably close proximity to the established research and development facilities on both sites.
  2. Where the efficient use of land for redevelopment requires or secures a net increase in site area greater than that identified in Policy DS9 with respect to those associated with the CTB, any such additional capacity shall also be reserved for primarily Class B1(b) uses in order to meet the future needs directly associated with the technology corridor or to provide increased opportunities for related or ancillary development.
  3. The combined sites E3 and E4 provide a medium to longer term contribution to the implementation of the Central Technology Belt objectives and no additional allocations are proposed in this Local Plan period in order to meet needs associated with this element of regional spatial policy.
  4. The physical constraints imposed on both sites E3 and E4, by virtue of their location within the urban area of Malvern, requires that their development be satisfactorily accommodated by and be sympathetic to the local environment and be within the capacity of the town’s infrastructure. Proposals for the redevelopment of the sites shall carefully take into account, through a comprehensive assessment, their combined impact upon the wider road and other communications networks. Future development on sites E3 and E4 will not be approved until it can be satisfactorily shown that all essential off-site highway works and any other improvements, including traffic restraint and mitigation measures, can be provided and adequately funded in advance of the occupation of any such new development.  

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