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Peter McDonald (District Councillor)
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AgriTech: Secretary of State rejects speculative plan
Councillor Peter McDonald has worked tirelessly with residents to get the AgriTech application at Hinxton rejected. This was a speculative plan with unsustainable infrastructure.
Peter commented: “Finally, during lockdown, the plan was rejected by the Secretary of State. What a relief for residents that this unsubstantiated jobs development with no significant improvement in infrastructure has been turned down.”
Royston to Granta Park A505 study
Peter is currently participating in a review of the A505. The road is at capacity, and with new developments at the Wellcome Genome Campus and potentially at Huawei in Sawston, residents have genuine concerns about the road's ability to take more traffic.
Peter commented: “We now have a long list of more than 30 options. The working group has had the initial meetings with parishes and we have made sure they are considered as key stakeholders. My job right now is to look at the integrated options with road and rail, and to remedy the huge bottleneck in our area.”
Wellcome Genome Campus latest
Wellcome have obtained outline planning permission for the expansion of the Campus and the building of 1,500 dwellings for key workers.
As it has progressed through the planning process, Peter and the Lib Dem team have scrutinised the project. “We have supported the sustainable expansion of the Campus but also supported the villagers of Hinxton, Ickleton, Duxford, Whittlesford and Pampisford in asking for refusal of such a large plan. Our focus now is to lobby for proper recognition of the communities’ needs and effective covenants on the housing for local employees.”
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