New research and office buildings due to be built on the edge of Sawston will offer jobs in a growing area, councillors have said.

The three new buildings are due to be constructed on land off West Way on the edge of Sawston.

The new buildings are proposed to offer a flexible use, which means they could be used for research and development, or for light industrial uses, or storage and distribution.

The developer said the “high quality employment buildings” would enable 272 new jobs to be created.

The land where the development is proposed had previously been allocated for housing by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

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However, a report presented to the district council’s planning committee this week (April 10) said there was already permission for a light industrial development on the land.

Councillors also highlighted that the area surrounding the site included a range of commercial buildings, and therefore said the new development would not be out of place.

Councillor Heather Williams said she could not see “any real outcry or opposition” to the development.

She said there was “quite a lot of housing” being built and said more developments that could create jobs were “not necessarily a bad thing”.

Councillor Dr Tumi Hawkins said there were “little objections” to the development and “massive benefits”.

The committee councillors ultimately voted unanimously in favour of approving the new development, meaning it will go ahead.