A PLACE DESIGNED TO BRING
IT ALL TOGETHER
The masterplan sets the boundaries of the settlement and puts everything in the optimum place: education near homes, homes near green space, employers near major roads, students near the station. The natural landscape breaks up the built environment into three distinct areas for innovation, business and homes.
FUTURE AT WORK
The 4 million sq ft proposed on the 80 hectare Midlands Tech Park comprises the largest mixed employment site in the M6 West/ M54 Corridor; a significant regional inward investment opportunity with an estimated 9,100 of high quality new job created, focused on retention of local talent.
TAKING CARE OF IT ALL
A garden village offering 2,900 high quality homes including affordable housing, in two distinctive, yet interconnected neighbourhoods. A village centre and two neighbourhood centres, all aligned with the proposed parks and landscape grid, will deliver an appropriate level of social infrastructure and day to day amenities necessary for the village to thrive.
OPEN TO NATURE
Landscape will be a key driver for Weston, using historic pathways, woodlands and existing agricultural form to create a distinctive setting for businesses, local people and residents to enjoy. A connected network of green spaces will create active and natural connections with over 500 hectares of new public open space and greenways, spread across a distinctive and diverse landscape. It will be well linked with surrounding communities and destinations, including Weston Park, the countryside beyond and the rest of the Bradford Estates.
Sustainable connectivity and future modes
Employees and residents will benefit from close proximity to a school, recreational space and local facilities, combined with excellent mobility options. There is an opportunity to influence a shift away from car use through attractive and direct active travel links. Thus, our plan maximises net zero carbon ambitions and promotes health and wellbeing.
MAINTAINING MONARCH'S WAY
A green buffer protects the character and setting of Monarch’s Way – the escape route taken by the future Charles II in 1651. There are areas we can continue to improve, making it safer for walkers to cross the A41.
Skills for the future
Employers need skilled employees and local people need training for new opportunities. Weston will provide a skills pool for employers and upskilling for local people through a new university campus. Research space will develop marketable new ideas while an incubator supports university spin-offs and other start-up businesses. Close links to employers on site will ensure that training and research is relevant.
Our vision for Weston offers 10 miles of new greenways to facilitate healthy and active travel by foot or cycle, with horse-riding on some routes. Existing public rights of way will be extended into and through Weston, connecting its employment, parks and centres with the surrounding community. All movement corridors will be aligned with the landscape grid, including the four new country parks, to create safe, natural routes throughout.