A vision for a development that will bring up to 10,000 jobs and new secondary school to Sutton while making it a world leader medical science has been unveiled.
Sutton Council has unveiled its plan to create a 'life science cluster' based around the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in Belmont.
The plan will include a brand new science-oriented secondary school linked to the two institutions built on the Sutton Hospital site, further research facilities, housing, a hotel and more with the aim of bringing up to 10,000 jobs to the site in the next 30 years and making Sutton the centre of cancer research in Europe.
The project, dubbed Sutton for Life, was revealed at a meeting of Sutton Council's strategy and resources committee last night and met approval from councillors. The plans were presented by Mandy Cherrington, Sutton Council's head of economic renewal and business environment, on behalf of Opportunity Sutton, the council's investment arm.
She said: "This is a 30 year vision to deliver a world class life science cluster with a total of 10,000 jobs.
Mandy Cherrington (right) with Sutton's town crier
"What we can create is a secondary school, housing, a hotel, a tram stop and tram depot - this is a whole life science eco system we want to create here."
Councillor Ruth Dombey, leader of Sutton Council, said: "A world class life science cluster is a vision that matches our high aspirations for turning Sutton into one of London’s most dynamic and prosperous boroughs.
"It would bring new business, visitors, and employment and training opportunities, as well as having the potential for a new school and new housing.
"This is a very exciting vision to build on Sutton’s proud tradition of healthcare, research and innovation. We look forward to developing a proposal with our partners and local people."
Under the plans, a new secondary school will be built on the Sutton Hospital site. Council chief executive Niall Bolger told the meeting the plan could be sponsored by another local school and had backing from Sutton Schools Forum.
Council chief executive Niall Bolger
Both the ICR and the Royal Marsden have backed the project and say it will give them the chance to enhance the pioneering work they already do.
Professor Alan Ashworth, chief executive of The ICR, said: "Sutton for Life is a unique opportunity to build on our existing excellence in cancer research and treatment to deliver world-class facilities for drug discovery and patient-centred cancer care for London, at the same time as providing significant benefits for the economy."
Cally Palmer CBE, chief executive of The Royal Marsden, said: "We are delighted to be a part of the Sutton for Life partnership and to be forming a programme that stimulates growth and investment in the borough, with economic benefits, whilst also supporting our position as world leaders."
The project is to be developed through public consultation and with the help of partners including local schools