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PRESCOTT CAUTIOUS ON WELLCOME'S GREENFIELD TEST CASE

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Environment secretary John Prescott is moving cautiously over a planning application which is seen as a test case o...
Environment secretary John Prescott is moving cautiously over a planning application which is seen as a test case of the government's attitude to high-tech devlopments on greenfield sites, the Financial Times reports (p9).

Wellcome Trust wants to build a science park alongside its Hinxton Hall genetics research centre near Cambridge.

Mr Prescott has not yet endorsed a planning inspector's decision to reject the proposal but now requires more evidence about the scheme.

The paper says the government wants to support high-tech industries and is examining ways of speeding up planning processes to establish technology clusters like California's silicon valley.

But there are conflicts with priorities of local authorities and environmentalists.

South Cambridgeshire DC opposed the Wellcome scheme and was supported by the inspector on appeal.

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