14. Policy E4 - Surrey Research Park

  1. I object to changes in policy E4 Surrey Research Park which is still earmarked for excessive expansion which is not supported by the findings of the Employment Land Needs Assessment 2017
  2. I support the maintenance of research, development and design activities, in any science, including social science, that is complementary to the activities of the University of Surrey at the Surrey Research Park. I object however to the completely unnecessary expansion of the Research Park into a larger Business Park. 
  3. I object to the extension to the Research Park of over 10 hectares will be delivered.  This I understand will provide a total capacity of around 35,000 sq m of additional floorspace, of which 30,000 sq m is expected to be delivered in the plan period.  This expansion is not effectively supported by evidence for an increase in B1b use class under the Employment Land Needs Assessment 2017.
  4. I also believe that B1b (should be the primary use class for the Research Park and that applications for B1a should be resisted due to the danger of dilution of the core purpose and reputation of the park. I also object to the inclusion of B1c light industrial uses which is inappropriate and unnecessary.
  5. Research parks based on the early UK technology transfer exemplars of the Cambridge and Oxford need careful monitoring, nurturing and protection to ensure the integrity and quality of the park is maintained and the park continues to be a destination for innovation and enterprise
  6. There is a danger for research parks to be overwhelmed by short sighted development opportunities being taken by park managers provided by standard office activities and administrative functions which in time turn them into standard business parks which can be found anywhere in the country. Their relative low density and attractiveness make them targets for “any other” office user 
  7. Research parks that lose their way stop being the location of choice for new innovative enterprises. 
  8. The Surrey Research Park in Guildford needs to be focussed on a broad spectrum of scientific research including computer science, bio-chemistry, design, space-science, eco-science, health science, software development, laser technology, media-science, artificial intelligence, robotics and super-manufacturing
  9. Monitoring indicators should include new start-ups and new patents created
  10. Facilities should be provided whereby new small businesses can secure premises under subsidised licence fee arrangements with no onerous rent or lease commitments
  11. The Surrey Research Park currently extends to 65,000 sq m
  12. The research park is developed at a plot ratio of 25%. This could be increased to 50% within the same footprint of the existing park without damage to its amenity. The actual current land use for development in the park is in fact only 12.5% because most buildings are 2-storey.

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