New secondary school to form part of plan to bring 10,000 jobs to world leading Sutton 'life science cluster'

The new school could be built on the Sutton hospital site

The new school could be built on the Sutton hospital site

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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.

Sutton Guardian: Town Crier Anthony Church and Mandy Cherrington outside the new store

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.

Sutton Guardian: Niall Bolger

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

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2:47pm Tue 18 Mar 14

theavengers says...

a 3 decade wait? we need this now. why does something like building a school take so long? you can build a mansion in less than a year, why not a school? it's not that hard. (I'm a buider). why allow 3 more generations to be failed if we can do something today? education is the key to a better society. dragging the heels with vanity projects like we've seen in recent years is a waste of money...schools and housing. prioritize.
a 3 decade wait? we need this now. why does something like building a school take so long? you can build a mansion in less than a year, why not a school? it's not that hard. (I'm a buider). why allow 3 more generations to be failed if we can do something today? education is the key to a better society. dragging the heels with vanity projects like we've seen in recent years is a waste of money...schools and housing. prioritize. theavengers
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3:57pm Tue 18 Mar 14

David7 says...

Expect a lot more pie-in-the-sky announcements like this as the May elections loom...
Expect a lot more pie-in-the-sky announcements like this as the May elections loom... David7
  • Score: -4

7:00pm Thu 20 Mar 14

ResidentTony says...

theavengers wrote:
a 3 decade wait? we need this now. why does something like building a school take so long? you can build a mansion in less than a year, why not a school? it's not that hard. (I'm a buider). why allow 3 more generations to be failed if we can do something today? education is the key to a better society. dragging the heels with vanity projects like we've seen in recent years is a waste of money...schools and housing. prioritize.
I agree we should prioritise the school, but that is exactly what a careful reading of the printed article in the newspaper reveals is planned. On a point of detail, a decade is 10 years; a generation 25 years.
[quote][p][bold]theavengers[/bold] wrote: a 3 decade wait? we need this now. why does something like building a school take so long? you can build a mansion in less than a year, why not a school? it's not that hard. (I'm a buider). why allow 3 more generations to be failed if we can do something today? education is the key to a better society. dragging the heels with vanity projects like we've seen in recent years is a waste of money...schools and housing. prioritize.[/p][/quote]I agree we should prioritise the school, but that is exactly what a careful reading of the printed article in the newspaper reveals is planned. On a point of detail, a decade is 10 years; a generation 25 years. ResidentTony
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7:27pm Thu 20 Mar 14

ResidentTony says...

David7 wrote:
Expect a lot more pie-in-the-sky announcements like this as the May elections loom...
As Bertrand Russell said, idealism is often just the love of power in disguise. So you are quite right to approach every plan involving politicians with a healthy dose of cynicism. HOWEVER (and there had to a however!), all major plans inevitably involve politicians - and always have done; and many major plans DO actually get off the ground, despite the cynics' justifiable suspicions. So let's not right these plans off just yet...........
[quote][p][bold]David7[/bold] wrote: Expect a lot more pie-in-the-sky announcements like this as the May elections loom...[/p][/quote]As Bertrand Russell said, idealism is often just the love of power in disguise. So you are quite right to approach every plan involving politicians with a healthy dose of cynicism. HOWEVER (and there had to a however!), all major plans inevitably involve politicians - and always have done; and many major plans DO actually get off the ground, despite the cynics' justifiable suspicions. So let's not right these plans off just yet........... ResidentTony
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