There is a growing buzz around The London Cancer Hub across politics and the media. Here is a round-up of recent references to the project in official plans, reports, Parliament and media coverage.
The Mayor of London: two new draft documents
We’re thrilled that The Greater London Authority (GLA) cites The London Cancer Hub in two important new draft documents launched in December for public consultation – the Mayor of London’s New London Plan and the Economic Development Strategy.
In the draft New London Plan (page 55), it predicts that proposals to extend the tram to Sutton town centre, and potentially to The London Cancer Hub, will improve public transport accessibility to Sutton and St Helier hospital, and support the delivery of at least 10,000 homes. It says that Transport for London (TFL) and the GLA are working with the boroughs to produce a robust business case and funding package, demonstrating how housing and employment growth can be unlocked.
There’s also another specific mention for The London Cancer Hub alongside a recommendation that Development Plans should support the range of existing and proposed medical and life-science research districts associated with MedCity’s aim to promote and grow the life-sciences cluster in London and the South East (page 273). It states: “Within this sector there is particular demand for affordable ‘grow-on’ space (including laboratory space) to ensure London retains the innovations emerging from London-based universities. The networks and facilities that support London’s role as a centre of medical excellence should also be supported.”
And in the draft Economic Development Strategy, The London Cancer Hub is mentioned as one of several new investments that will expand the research capabilities of the life-sciences sector in London (page 157). We’re really pleased to see a commitment from the Mayor to “work with London boroughs, universities and research institutions, the NHS and other stakeholders to support the growth of new life-sciences developments – from directly funding new innovation and workspace provision, to making the best use of publicly owned land, and using the Mayor’s planning policy levers to facilitate future development.”
The Genomics Revolution report
The London Cancer Hub is mentioned in a new report by MedCity and London & Partners – The Genomics Revolution report. This focuses on pioneering genomics research in London, Cambridge and Oxford.
In a case study about The Institute of Cancer Research, London (page 28), the report says the new campus in Sutton will: “Create a vibrant community of scientists, doctors and innovative companies all in one space – delivering real benefits for cancer patients by driving collaboration between academia and industry.”
Parliamentary debate used to issue London Cancer Hub invitation
Paul Scully, MP for Sutton and Cheam, used a Commons debate on health and social care to invite Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care, to visit The London Cancer Hub, describing it as “a global centre for cancer innovation that will in turn provide a huge boost for our local economy, including 13,000 new jobs.”
We’re very pleased to see that Mr Brine accepted the invitation, saying: “Cancer survival rates are at an all-time high, but I like the idea of a one-stop shop, and the hub that he talks about could be very exciting.”
Vince Cable visit marks purchase of latest tranche of land
The visit by Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable to The London Cancer Hub attracted the attention of various media outlets. Sir Vince heard how the London Borough of Sutton has invested more than £14 million in the next tranche of land on the site. His visit was featured in broadcast packages by BBC London and London Live, while the land deal itself was covered by the Sutton Guardian.
New school building work under way
The building work starting on the new £40m secondary school, Harris Academy Sutton, on the site of The London Cancer Hub sparked a flurry of media activity – including articles in the Sutton Guardian, and This is Local London.