People are invited to comment on a planning review that could increase space for more commercial investment and improve the quality and sustainability of buildings in Milton Park.
The revised plans form part of council’s review of an existing Local Development Order (LDO), which is a way for local planning authorities to create an area that can help encourage businesses to set up or to develop. They can also support the local economy and speed up the construction of the right kind of buildings and infrastructure in the right place without the need for planning permission.
To learn more about the proposals, residents and people working on site are invited to attend one of two open events at the Bee House, 140 Eastern Avenue on Milton Park, on September 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on September 22 September from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. . People can also participate in an online event scheduled for September 15 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Proposed changes to the existing LDO could allow for a 6% increase in floor space (an additional 20,000 square meters over what is allowed in the existing LDO) and the ability to construct taller buildings on the park, as well than reducing the height of new buildings near the Milton Conservation Area.
Building types could include more offices, laboratories, and storage and industrial units in Milton Park. The proposals also include options for a new hotel with conference rooms, shops, cafes, outdoor sports facilities and a crèche or nursery to support people and businesses in and near the park. New developments should be designed to reduce their carbon footprint and incorporate solar panels or other low or zero carbon energy where possible.
Additional facilities could include more charging points for electric vehicles and e-bikes and improved cycling and walking routes could be provided. New green and open spaces are also part of the proposed plans, with existing areas such as Moor Ditch and Kelaart’s Field remaining unchanged from the existing LDO.
The review could also help the park achieve a net gain in biodiversity, meaning land and new developments would be designed to be able to more easily support wildlife.
Since the original LDO was passed by council in 2012, it has helped bring new investment and jobs to Milton Park, supported by good public transport links, walking and cycling routes, and has provided green space open in the region.
Cllr Debby Hallett, Vale of White Horse District Council Business and Transformation Services Cabinet Member, said: ‘It is important to us that while we are supporting local investment and job opportunities , it does not come at the expense of the environment or the well-being of our residents. We want to hear from people who live nearby and work at the park about what they think of the proposed changes. »
Philip Campbell, Commercial Director of MEPC Milton Park, said: “Thanks to the proactive approach of the Vale of White Horse District Council, the updated LDO would enable Milton Park to continue to support the science and innovation engine of the region. after Covid and to ensure that future development can provide a positive response to the challenges posed by climate change.
“At the same time, the updated LDO would cover the same area as under the existing adopted LDO, while the total floor area allowed would only increase by 6% compared to what is allowed under the current LDO.
“The launch of the statutory consultation marks an important milestone in the refresh of the Milton Park LDO and we really look forward to engaging with residents and the business community over the coming weeks.”
For further details of the events and to take the survey, please visit www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/miltonparkldoreview. The survey is open until 11:59 p.m. on September 30.
Once the consultation is closed, all technical studies and information on proposed changes to the current LDO will be reviewed before a decision is taken at a full Council meeting. If approved, the LDO could last until 2041.