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Successful Community Consultation Event held for Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus
Aberystwyth University and AIEC Limited held a Community Consultation Event at Penrhyncoch Village Hall on Tuesday 18th October as part of a 28-day consultation period on the draft planning application for Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus.
The event was an opportunity for any interested parties to learn more about the proposed improvements to the existing Gogerddan campus. It also provided the project team with helpful and informative feedback to assist with the preparation of the final planning application, to be submitted in late 2016.
Speaking on behalf of the Project Team, Huw Watkins Project Director commented; “we were really pleased to see so many people attend the event, and it shows that there’s a real interest in Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus. We received valuable feedback from local residents and business owners with a particular focus on highway improvements, and we’ll be working closely with Ceredigion County Council during the consultation period to try and find a solution that works for all stakeholders.”
Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government; the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and by Aberystwyth University, the Innovation and Enterprise Campus will provide world leading facilities and the expertise to create market focused solutions for the agri-tech industry.
Proposed facilities at the AIEC include a Bio-refining Centre, Future Food Centre, Analytical Science laboratories and a Seed Processing and Biobank Facility. It will also provide formal and informal meeting areas and office accommodation.
The AIEC will drive economic growth in the region and beyond through the creation of high value jobs and thriving knowledge based companies. It will build on the existing capabilities already in existence within the University’s Institutes, working particularly closely with the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) to enhance the excellent research capabilities currently offered.