NEW businesses and more jobs are two of the objectives of a long-term plan for the development of Malvern Technology Centre.

A consultancy team is working to produce the plan, intended to point the way forward for the next 30 years at the centre.

The plan is aimed at making sure land at the centre - which takes in QinetiQ and Malvern Science Park - is efficiently used and that future development benefits the companies involved.

Steve Booth, regional estates manager at QinetiQ, said: "As Europe's largest science and technology organisation, QinetiQ provides a great draw to the area for smaller high-technology companies, as the success of Malvern Hills Science Park proves.

"The masterplan will provide a blueprint for further development and ensure more efficient land use at the Malvern Technology Centre site."

Regional development agency, Advantage West Midlands, is working with consultants GVA Grimley on the plan.

John Edwards, chief executive of Advantage West Midlands, said: "QinetiQ and Malvern Hills Science Park are massive success stories for the West Midlands. This study will give Advantage West Midlands and QinetiQ chance to assess where we go with the developments on the site so we can make the most of the wonderful opportunities ahead."

Also involved are the Chamber of Commerce and Business Link Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Once it is complete, Advan-tage West Midlands will work with private and public sectors to secure funding.