We welcome today's announcements on steps to unlock Cambridge's potential as the world's leading scientific powerhouse.

The additional funding towards transport and health infrastructure around the Cambridge Biomedical Campus will help pave the way for sustainable growth. We will continue to work with local partners and central government on the development of a long-term funding settlement for Cambridge to be announced at the next spending review.

We also welcome the Department of Levelling up, Housing and Communities' ambitions for the future growth of Cambridge as set out in their Case for Cambridge paper. It recognises the unparalleled research and scientific capabilities that the city holds and its potential to be the world's leading scientific hub. It also rightly points to the issues that threaten this vision, from housing prices to water shortages and transport gridlock. We welcome the Government’s commitment to work with all local partners to seek solutions to these challenges.

We have been calling for solutions to address the water scarcity in the region. Today’s announcement by DEFRA and the Environment Agency enables current projects under the 2018 local plan to go ahead. It is good news that the announcement recognises the importance for water resources to meet the needs of Cambridge residents and business, but also the needs of the natural environment. Greater certainty around both long-term water supply and plans set out to offset demand in the short term can help support the growth of Cambridge in a way that is both sustainable and supports the economic potential of the area.


We are delighted with today’s announcement that friends at AstraZeneca intend to expand their footprint on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and invest in the building of a vaccine manufacturing hub in Liverpool. This will further strengthen the central role that AstraZeneca plays at the heart of the UK life sciences sector and the Cambridge cluster.

Scientists at AstraZeneca have been working with the University of Cambridge for more than two decades. Today there are more than 130 active collaborations between the two organisations - developing new treatments that will make a real difference to patients’ lives.

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