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R&D or light industrial buildings for Sawston ‘will create 272 jobs’





Councillors have approved new employment buildings on the edge of Sawston that will offer jobs in a growing area.

The three new buildings, for land off West Way, will have flexible use, meaning they could be used for research and development, light industrial uses or storage and distribution.

How the new Sawston employment buildings could look. Image: Hale Architecture/Manor Property SARL
How the new Sawston employment buildings could look. Image: Hale Architecture/Manor Property SARL

The developer said the “high quality employment buildings” would enable 272 new jobs to be created on land previously allocated for housing by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

But a report presented to the council’s planning committee on April 10 said there was already permission for light industrial development on the land.

Councillors noted the area around the location - once home to a Marley Buildings materials site - included a range of commercial buildings, and felt the new development would not be out of place.

A total of 136 vehicle parking spaces and 88 cycle parking spaces will be created under the plans from applicant Sam Walker..

Cllr Heather Williams (Con, The Mordens) could not see “any real outcry or opposition” to the development.

She said there was “quite a lot of housing” being built and said more developments that could create jobs were “not necessarily a bad thing”.

Cllr Dr Tumi Hawkins (Lib Dem, Caldecote) noted there were “little objections” to the development but “massive benefits”.

A condition requiring that the development meets BREEAM ‘excellent’ standards for water consumption was imposed, in acknowledgement of the water scarcity issue in the region.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour.




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