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.”

Whittlesford Parkway Transport Masterplan – Consultation Open

Whittlesford Parkway Transport Masterplan consultation now open

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) has today (10 June) launched a consultation on proposals to improve access to and from Whittlesford Parkway station, particularly by sustainable transport, and to improve the area around the station.

The consultation will run for six weeks and will close at 9am on Monday 22 July 2019. 

The GCP wants to create better and greener transport networks, connecting local people to homes, jobs, study and opportunity. As part of this, we have been working on a masterplan for the area around Whittlesford Parkway station.

We are consulting on a package of 33 measures that need to be put in place over the coming years to improve access to the station for everyone and to cater for expected growth in the area served by the station. The survey can be completed online

We will be holding public consultation events and an exhibition during the consultation period as follows:

Parkway station
19 June 2019 7.30am-9am Station Road, Whittlesford,
Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NL
Memorial Hall
27 June 2019 6pm-8pm Mill Lane, Whittlesford,
Cambridge, CB22 4NE
Parkway station
2 July 2019 7.30am-9am Station Road, Whittlesford,
Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NL
Parkway station
9 July 2019 5pm-6.30pm Station Road, Whittlesford,
Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NL

We want to make sure that people living and working in the Whittlesford area, as well as people who use Whittlesford Parkway station, have the opportunity to respond to our proposals.

Full details of the consultation, including ways in which people can respond, are online at

Share your views and keep up to date with the consultation using the hashtag #WhittlesfordMasterplan.

Complete the survey


Business rate discount for small retailers


Monday 13 May 2019 

Small retailers urged to apply for new Business Rates discount which has saved local businesses nearly £600,000

Households and businesses received annual Council Tax and Business Rates bills recently and South Cambridgeshire District Council is now urging people not to miss out on any discounts they may be entitled to.

One new discount for 2019-2021 – the Retail Discount – was announced by the Government in its autumn budget. The Discount sees small retailers that meet certain eligibility criteria entitled to claim a third off their annual Business Rates.

The scheme will run for two years from April 2019, and officers at South Cambridgeshire District Council believe there could be around 50 further businesses eligible to claim what could equate to around £150,000 under the new Retail Discount.

In the same way that households are ‘banded’ so that Council Tax bills can be calculated, businesses are given a ‘Rateable Value’. The new Retail Discount is available to retailers with a Rateable Value below £51,000, that use their premises wholly or mainly for retail purposes and are reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public.

Examples of the types of businesses that might be eligible include shops, opticians, post offices, show rooms, markets, garden centres, art galleries, hair and beauty services, repair services, ticket offices, travel agents, funeral directors, restaurants, takeaways, coffee shops, pubs and bars. There are some businesses that will be excluded from the scheme – such as financial services, estate agents, medical services and professional services including solicitors and accountants.

Cllr John Williams, Lead Cabinet Member for Finance at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “One of the four key priorities for South Cambridgeshire District Council is to support businesses of all sizes across our district. We think part of this is to clearly signpost the financial support that is available, whether through grant funds administered locally or the many different reliefs and discounts that are already available from central Government.

“The main message here is that there are discounts available that haven’t yet been claimed to support our smaller retailers. We are encouraging anyone who provides a service or runs a retail business, who isn’t sure whether they are eligible for the discount, to contact our team. We will be happy to discuss your circumstances and, in just a couple of minutes, confirm whether you are indeed eligible for a third off your Business Rates. This could be around £10,000 for some businesses, which I’m sure would be a welcome sum for many local retailers.

“What’s more, while we are raising awareness of the Retail Discount because it’s new, we also want to remind business owners and householders that there are a number of existing reliefs and discounts already available to Business Rates and Council Tax customers. For example, there are Council Tax discount entitlements for people who have a severe mental impairment, for single people, or for properties that are empty following the death of a resident or are undergoing structural alterations. The message here is the same: if you are unsure about whether you qualify for a particular reduction or discount, please contact our team, who will be happy to help.”

Businesses wishing to find out more about the available reliefs and discounts on Business Rates should visit the Council’s website,


Don’t be Scammed – be aware!

Follow the e-learning link below to improve your knowledge about the different types of scam:

The Parish Council wants to enlist your help in spreading some of its important messages, especially to more vulnerable people and those who might not see this message.

Citizens Advice works in partnership with organisations such as Trading Standards and the Metropolitan Police;  the link to the Scams information page on the Citizens Advice website can be accessed here

May Airshow: traffic restrictions and road closures

The Duxford Air Festival (05:00 on 25/5 until 20:00 on 26/5)

ROAD CLOSURE – Grange Road and Duxford Footpath 9

NO WAITING – Hunts Rd, A505, Woburn Pl, Pepperslade, Hill Farm Rd, St. Johns St, Maarnford Cl, Grange Rd, Bustlers Rise, St Peter’s St, Ickleton Road


The link below takes you to a map of the locations


Marshall relocating in 2030 – Duxford one of the options

The link below will take you to the press release issued today about the relocation of the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group:

Marshall announces plans for the future

The second link takes you to the County Council’s news web pages:


The former Spicers Site – development proposal

Huawei is seeking to develop a new research and development facility at the site on unused shrubland to the west of the existing buildings.

The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan was adopted in September 2018 and has allocated the former Spicers site in Sawston as an Established Employment Area which means an appropriate development for employment use is permitted.

We would like to invite you to view the proposals and share your views before an application is submitted to the Council.  We look forward to meeting you at the exhibition.

Click on this link to find details of the exhibition.

Stay stronger for longer

‘Stay Stronger for Longer’ highlights how strength and balance exercises help lots of people to keep doing the things they enjoy – for longer.

There are several ways you can improve your strength and balance:

Attend a fun and sociable strength and balance exercise class.  Find Stay Stronger for Longer courses near you.



If you would like to speak to somebody about a strength and balance class and live in Cambridgeshire, contact Forever Active on 07432 480105

You can do a combination of any of these at least twice a week, the more the better.