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Huawei planning application
Local people are encouraged to comment on plans by telecommunications firm Huawei to build a new research and development facility on the former Spicers site.
For residents of Sawston and other villages, it is notable that Huawei are proposing more public access to parts of the site, as encouraged by Clare, Brian and others, in recent meetings.
The technology company has submitted a comprehensive planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council. The plans propose space for 360 people to work across the building, including a clean room, offices, workstations, meeting rooms, training rooms, stores, a canteen and a reception area. There would be a 406-space underground car park plus cycle parking facilities. New routes would be provided for pedestrians, cyclists and cars. This is intended to be the first phase of a larger development.
Please get involved and have your say on the application.
AgriTech appleal - land near Hinxton and Pampisford
The planning application appeal concluded on 5th July. The closing case from SCDC contained 200 reasons for refusal. We like to think that the final decision by the Secretary of State will not relate in any way to the £20,000 donation made to a local Conservative Party association or the controversial intervention by Mayor James Palmer.
New John Huntingdon almshouses nearing completion
Four purpose-built, two-bedroom homes on Mill Lane, Sawston, are nearing completion after many years of the site being unoccupied and falling into disrepair.
John Huntingdon's Charity (JHC) purchased the semi-detached houses on adjacent plots in order to build four new almshouses, which will take their number in the village to 28.
Charity Manager Jill Hayden says she is hoping to have the properties occupied towards the end of August. And for long-time trustee Reg Cullum, it sees the fruition of a long-held ambition to return the derelict site to valuable use. The new properties can extend the help currently offered by the charity to 65 people to 16 more.
Brian was pleased to be one of those invited to see the progress on site. “As a near neighbour on Mill Lane, I’ve been delighted to see these new houses under construction, especially as they will be helping those most in need. We are very fortunate to have JHC in the village, and managing that centuries-old bequest to such good effect. I’m also pleased that South Cambs District Council cooperate closely with JHC to deliver much-needed housing support to Sawston residents.”
Liberal Democrats run local campaigns across the District. We all support each other to do this, pooling our knowledge and efforts. You can view our campaigns on the campaigns page of this website.
Campaigns which are particularly relevant to us here in Sawston are highlighted below.