Plans to extend leading Genome Campus get go-ahead
The new development will bring industry and academic scientists together to allow data emerging from the Sanger Institute's flagship venture, the Human Genome Project, to be translated into practical health benefits.
Following a recommendation in July of this year by South Cambridgeshire District Council that outline planning permission be granted, the Council's Development and Conservation Control Committee met yesterday (6 November) and confirmed detailed planning approval for phase one of the project, which amounts to some 12,000 sqm. This gives the Trust the long-awaited green light to proceed with its proposal to maintain a world-leading Campus at the cutting-edge of post-genomic research and development.
"I am delighted that our plans to extend the Genome Campus have won the support of the local council and we look forward to working with them in fulfilling our ambition to maintain a world-leading research facility in the UK."
Dr Mike Dexter, Director of the Wellcome Trust
"The Genome Campus has played a pivotal role in the Human Genome Project and it is now time to move on to converting this basic information into knowledge that will underpin the further development of new medicines and therapies for decades to come. We can drive this research forward by bringing academic and industry scientists together and we hope our vision for the Campus will propel the UK to the forefront of post-genomics research."
"This is a major boost to the morale of our gifted scientists. We can now look ahead to playing an instrumental role alongside industry to develop new medical advances."
Dr Allan Bradley, Director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
"With planning permission secured we can step up operations to put the infrastructure in place that will enable us to expand our research interests. We anticipate an exciting and productive future for the Campus and Cambridgeshire."
The Wellcome Trust originally submitted a planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council in 1997 and today's decision is the culmination of five years of deliberations by Trust officials and negotiation with the council. Construction work will start within the next fortnight and completion of the extended campus is scheduled for 2007.