Councillors have unanimously approved plans for a new cancer research hospital in Cambridge.

A joint development control committee meeting approved the plans for Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital at its April 17 meeting.

However, the hospital, which is due to be built on a car park in the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, led to intense debate among councillors about the impact on the city’s water crisis. The Environment Agency had lodged an objection to the scheme.

But Cllr Dave Baigent told the meeting: “This is an application for a cancer hospital in a world renowned research area. As far as I am concerned the problem of water supply for this cancer hospital is for the people providing the water, this is a problem for the Government, not our problem. People will die if we hold up this application, it is as simple as that.”

Work on the new hospital is expected to start in November 2025. It is expected to open in 2029.

It will bring together NHS staff from Addenbrooke’s Hospital and world-leading scientists from the University of Cambridge and its Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre, under one roof.

It will be a low carbon and electric powered hospital, designed to meet the NHS’s new Net-Zero Carbon Building Standard.

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