Welcome to the Duxford ward page, covering the parishes of Babraham, Duxford, Hinxton, Ickleton and Pampisford.
Peter McDonald (District Councillor)
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I'm continuing to work with the South Cambs District Council planning department to strengthen the appeal case against AgriTech.
The Council asked the Planning Committee to endorse the continued refusal of the AgriTech development at its meeting on 10th April. (Details here)
You can still sign the petition I set up asking the Secretary of State to withdraw from the AgriTech appeal. The Conservative Secretary of State has refused to meet local parishes to discuss the AgriTech development. Meanwhile a Conservative MP is lobbying for the development to go ahead.
Parish councils had written to the Secretary of State to ask him to withdraw from the AgriTech appeal, following the revelation that AgriTech developer holding company Hill Group Services made a huge £20,000 donation to the Conservatives.
Wellcome Genome Campus plan much larger than previously suggested
Wellcome Genome Campus has submitted its application for expansion, which includes 1,500 dwellings, a hotel and commercial space for rent at the site.
Given the significant change to the site’s nature, Peter has now voiced his opposition to the development and will work with parish councils to campaign against this.
He says: “The parish councils have engaged with the Campus but now find a huge commercial expansion submitted after the Campus’s initial consultations with local communities.”
“This is not appropriate for Hinxton and the local villages. Moreover the traffic measures suggested by the Campus on the A1301 are not workable. The traffic on the A505 carries 28,000 vehicles per day.”
The Wellcome Genome Campus presented to South Cambs District Council Planning Committee members on 17th April. Peter attended the meeting to outline the objections from the parishes. The WGC application will be considered by Planning in May and the parishes will be invited.
Huawei's planned development at Spicers site
The Chinese tech giant Huawei has acquired the Spicers site in Sawston for c.£37m and intends to build a new R & D centre there.
There are obvious upsides in terms of employment, and potential downsides in terms of traffic and infrastructure.
Huawei has held a consultation at Sawston parish council so far, and we will keep you updated when we hear more about their plans.
Duxford Community Centre
Peter negotiated with developers to allow the parish council the flexibility to use an additional £57,000 of funds for the community. Work will start in May 2019.
Peter has been in discussions with the landlord of the Ickleton Lion to relocate the marquee and take down the fence following complaints by local residents.
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