World-leading life science campus comes to Lib Dem Sutton

Sutton’s Liberal Democrat council is playing a significant role in dynamic new plans for a global hub for cancer research and treatment in the borough - a programme which will also bring substantial benefits to Sutton.

A comprehensive document has now been published to show how, over the next 15 years, the London Cancer Hub will become a world-leading life-science campus specialising in cancer research, treatment, education and enterprise.  It has the potential to deliver at least two extra cancer drugs every five years and create more than 13,000 jobs.  It’s also estimated that the UK economy will be boosted by £1.1 billion a year.  

The initiative will bring together 10,000 scientists, clinical and support staff in a community of collaborating organisations served by research, educational and leisure facilities.  The hub will become a hotbed of talent, offering research and development space for biotech, pharma and software companies, and equipment manufacturers.

Lib Dem leader of Sutton Council, Cllr Ruth Dombey, has highlighted the substantial benefits to the local community, including a huge boost to the local economy, development of supporting transport infrastructure and creation of new jobs and training opportunities for local people. 

She said:  “Sutton Council will also play a significant role in the long-term future of the hub by creating a new secondary school specialising in the sciences on part of the site.  This will enable future generations of Sutton students to learn new skills in a facility dedicated to world-leading cancer research.”

Ruth said the development of the hub would be one of the most substantial projects ever undertaken in the borough.  

The London Cancer Hub is a partnership between The Institute of Cancer Research, London, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and the London Borough of Sutton – working in close collaboration with the Greater London Authority and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

The hub will be developed on a site just off the Brighton Road in Belmont on land occupied by the old Sutton Hospital, and adjacent to the existing complexes of the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research. 

The detailed document promoting The Hub describes the London Borough of Sutton as a dynamic local authority which is leading the way in developing new investment opportunities to benefit its residents and businesses. 

It continues:  “Through its inward investment arm Opportunity Sutton, the council has set up its own energy services company and housing development company, and had the vision to develop brownfield land in Belmont to create the world's leading cancer research and treatment centre. The London Cancer Hub will create a ladder of opportunity for Sutton residents by offering around 13,000 jobs. It will generate £1.1bn per annum for the UK economy, and benefit the local economy by creating more jobs and opportunities for Sutton's residents.” 

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