cancerSutton Council has been awarded £300,000 by the Government to support the London Cancer Hub Partnership.

The Cabinet Office has announced that the London Borough of Sutton is to receive £250,000 for the 2016-17 financial year to support delivery of the London Cancer Hub, a proposed 20-hectare campus that, when completed, would be the second-largest life-science cluster in the world. The award is part of the One Public Estate (OPE) programme and is on top of £50,000 of initial development funding already allocated by the Government.

The One Public Estate (OPE) is an initiative delivered in partnership by the Cabinet Office Government Property Unit (GPU) and the Local Government Association (LGA). It provides practical and technical support and funding to councils to deliver ambitious property-focused programmes in collaboration with central Government and other public sector partners.

The London Cancer Hub is a partnership between the London Borough of Sutton and the Institute for Cancer Research (ICR), with supporting partners The Royal Marsden, the Greater London Authority and the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The proposed new global centre for cancer research, diagnosis and treatment will specialise in cancer research, treatment, education and enterprise, and provide development space for biotech, pharma, and software and technology companies.

The London Cancer Hub is planned to be located on the Sutton site of the ex-Sutton Hospital, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and The Royal Marsden in Belmont and Epsom and St Helier’s hospital in Sutton. The site would double the space available for world-class cancer research, deliver a wide range of state-of-the-art scientific facilities and substantially increase the rate of discovery of new treatments and their availability for cancer patients.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“We are delighted that the Government recognises the importance of the London Cancer Hub for the rest of the country and has allocated £300,000 of One Public Estate funding for its development. Should it come to fruition, the Hub’s pioneering cancer research and care work has the potential to put Sutton and the UK at the forefront of cancer research worldwide. It would be a huge boost to the local and national economy, providing new business opportunities that will create thousands of employment and training opportunities.”

Lord Porter of Spalding, Chairman of the LGA, said:

“With half of councils across the country now taking part in the One Public Estate programme, local government is demonstrating real leadership in its communities, unlocking land to provide the homes and jobs that people need, helping services to work better together, and bringing in money while generating savings for the future.”