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12 December, 2018 - 11:33 By Tony Quested

4,300 new jobs and 1,500 homes proposed for Wellcome Trust Genome Campus

A masterplan to expand the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus at Hinxton bids to triple the footprint, create around 4,300 new scientific jobs and 1,500 homes for employees.

The blueprint submitted to South Cambs District Council also includes plans for a nursery for up to 120 children, fitness and health centres, a community hall and cultural centre, a conference centre with up to 175 bedrooms, shops and food and drink outlets, public open spaces including a central common, allotments, sports and play areas, new cycling and walking paths and road crossing points, alterations to local roads including a new roundabout on the A1301, a primary school and technical education facility if they are needed.

The campus is proposed to be opened up to provide public access, which would enable surrounding communities to use a range of open space and facilities.

The plans are so extensive that a public consultation has been launched to gauge public opinion. The public consultation into the planning application runs until Friday January 25. 

Cutting-edge genome and biodata research is carried out by around 2,500 people who currently work at the campus, which the Wellcome Trust says is now getting full. 

As a result, and to build upon the need for more research space, the Trust is seeking permission to expand the campus to create a scientific community, mainly on land to the east of the existing site across the A1301.

The site currently has around 75,000 sqm of employment space and conferencing facilities.

People can comment on the plans by visiting www.scambs.gov.uk, following the links to the planning pages, clicking on “View or comment on a planning application” and using the reference number S/4329/18/OL.

The council’s lead cabinet member for planning, Cllr Dr. Tumi Hawkins, said: “These are ambitious proposals from a significant employer in South Cambridgeshire so it is vital to fully understand what they would mean for the local area and the district as a whole. 

“It’s an interesting proposal bringing together jobs and homes for staff, but it’s particularly important we examine the impact that approving these plans would have on the surrounding countryside and roads in the area.”

• Image courtesy – The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

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