Permission given for science estate in North Wales

Outline planning permission has been granted for the new Menai Science Park in Anglesey.

The budget for the North Wales scheme is £25m, with it scheduled for completion by 2017. Funding of £10m has already been secured via the Welsh Government.

It is expected that the new park will generate long-term jobs and become an economic centre for the area. Once the site is up and running at full capacity, 700 positions should be created. Ieuan Wyn Jones, the director of Menai Science Park, explained:

“We know from international evidence that science parks work. Start-ups based on a science park can expect a 90 per cent success rate compared to a 56 per cent success rate for those operating outside of a science park environment.”

The new estate will play an important role in the regeneration of Anglesey and the surrounding area. Architects in North Wales will soon be able to get started on designing the actual buildings, with construction predicted to generate around 100 jobs.

Concerns were raised that the development on the edge of Gaerwen would create more traffic in the village, and two councillors proposed that Llangefni would be a better location. However, planning permission has been granted for the Gaerwen site, with the decision being unanimous in the end.

This location was in part chosen because of its proximity to Bangor University. As part of the deal, the developers will contribute cash to the local community, which will be used to build a new bus stop, as well as cycle and pedestrian links to Gaerwen.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
May 28, 2015

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