Businesses respond to Langley Park plans

Friday, 30th November 2012

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The Central Chippenham Partnership, a joint venture between Aberdeen Property UK Retail Parks Trust and Ashtenne Industrial Fund, has held a series of consultation workshops ahead of submitting its final plans for the site.

The partnership hopes to submit proposals for a mixed-use scheme in January 2013 that will include a smaller retail element than proposed in previous years. It comes two years Ashtenne and Asda dropped controversial plans to build a large supermarket and residential scheme on the industrial land.

But the Central Chippenham Partnership said businesses in the area are now getting behind the latest plans.

Ashley Golland, director at Westcode Semiconductors, said: “Langley Park is a great location for us but being situated adjacent to extensive areas of semi-derelict buildings makes it difficult for us to recruit staff and impacts upon our image when hosting clients and visitors.

“As a major employer at Langley Park, we want to see the Central Chippenham Partnership proposals taken forward and we think a mixed use scheme is the right approach for the site.”

Clare Quarrington from RFL Communications added: “We currently employ 38 people and we are expanding. Langley Park is a great location for us other than it is half derelict and there is a lack of nearby complementary uses. The location needs to improve to suit the needs of business.”

Wayne Locke, regional director at Ashtenne Industrial Fund, added: “Much of the feedback that we have received so far has been positive and in favour of redevelopment.”

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