Comment on plans for Huawei R&D facility

Comment on plans for Huawei R&D facility

Local people are being encouraged to comment on plans by information and communications firm Huawei to build a new research and development facility in Sawston.

The technology company has submitted a planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council that seeks permission to develop the former Spicer’s site on the Sawston Bypass.

The plans propose space for 360 people working across the building, along with a ‘clean room’ laboratory, offices, workstations, meeting rooms, training rooms, stores, a canteen and reception area. Parking facilities would be provided via a 422-space underground car park. Cycle parking facilities are also included in the plans. This is intended to be the first phase of a larger development.

The site, which is owned by Huawei, sits next to the village of Sawston with the A1301 providing the main access. The closest railway station is Whittlesford Parkway. To the east of the site, there are warehouses which aren’t currently in use. The application states that new routes will be provided for pedestrians, cyclists and cars.

To comment on the plans, visit and click on Planning. Select ‘view or comment on a planning application’ and use the reference S/2122/19/FL

Local people have until 24 July to have their say.

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr Dr. Tumi Hawkins, said: “We really want to hear what local people think about these proposals. All comments will be considered before a decision on the application is made, so please do take this chance to have your say. We genuinely care what residents and businesses think so it’s always worth making a comment.”