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New cancer research centre in Manchester divides local residents.

Fire ripped through the Paterson centre in 2017 Credit: ITV Granada

Plans for the Christie's new 'world-leading' cancer research centre in Withington could be approved today - but they've divided hundreds of local residents.

Nearly 500 people have written to the council supporting the proposal, which would see a new 10-storey Paterson centre on Wilmslow Road, after the previous building was ravaged by a fire in 2017.

But some 330 people have objected to the plans, saying the building's huge scale would make it 'stick out like a sore thumb' in the residential area. And they believe it will put pressure on parking in the neighbourhood. Civic groups and campaigners also want to see the Christie rethink its design, saying they've drawn up alternative plans

But the Christie says the current design is necessary to bring together biologists, chemists, clinicians, statisticians and engineers.