Our Outline Planning Application
Welcome to this repository for documents relating to the planning process for the proposed park for AgriTech at Hinxton, ARC. We have published, on this website, all communications since the formation of SmithsonHill and the first meeting with parish councillors in November 2015.
Formed in 2015, SmithsonHill is a joint venture between local farmers Russell Smith Farms and Hill Commercial Investments. Russell Smith Farms is a large-scale food producer and one of the early members of Agri-Tech East. Hill Group has a proven track record in property and land development.
Our partnership was established to facilitate initiatives that will create hubs for ground- breaking discoveries – bringing together and encouraging interaction and the exchange of knowledge.
Our vision is:
‘To create a globally significant park for AgriTech that hosts a vibrant community of commercial companies to address agricultural productivity and sustainability challenges.’
Our research, undertaken by AgriTech specialists Collison and Associates, confirmed a recognised need for investment in and space for companies developing and testing advancements in agriculture and food commercially; what is known as ‘near to market commercialisation’.
In November 2015 we began to engage and consult with local stakeholders with a view to submission of an application for planning permission.
The proposed park for AgriTech will be set in a high quality parkland environment, with tree lined avenues, footpaths, open spaces and informal recreation areas and facilities, open to the local community. Existing agricultural fields adjacent to the park will be used for crop trials and demonstration plots.
As you will see in our plans, we have taken great care to ensure the needs and views of all residents and stakeholders are taken into account through our infrastructure led approach with significant investment in highways and utility infrastructure incorporated as part of the proposals, including:
- New bus / cycle interchange on land to the east of Whittlesford Parkway
- New foot / cycle / equestrian bridge over the A505 / A1301
- New multi-user connections towards Hinxton, Whittlesford Parkway and Sawston
- New foot / cycle / equestrian bridge over the River Cam
- New footway and pedestrian bridge along Station Road East
- New signalised crossings (toucan / Pegasus) on A1301 at Hinxton and Sawston
- Highway improvements including to the A1301 / A505 ‘McDonald’s roundabout
- New primary electricity substation
In the section below you can view the material submitted to South Cambridgeshire District Council in relation to our outline planning application. There are 144 documents in total, some up to 20Mb in size. For your convenience you can also find an Executive Summary here.
OUTLINE PLANNING APPLICATION (NOVEMBER 2017)
An outline planning application was submitted to the local planning authority, South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC), in November 2017. The application number associated with the application is S/4099/17/OL. The documents are also available to view / download below.
Site location plan
Existing site plan
Compiled Version – Planning_Statement
Split Version –
Design and Access Statement
Compiled Version – Design_and_Access_Statement
Split Version –
Tech Appx E1 Ground conditions
Tech Appx E2 FRA
Statement of Consultation
Compiled Version – Statement_of_Consultation
Split Version –
Health Impact Assessment
Energy and Carbon Reduction Statement
Water Conservation Statement
Arboricultural Impact Assessment (incl. tree survey)
Report and tree schedules
The documents are also available on SCDC’s website which also includes details of how to submit comments to the council on the proposals.
This section contains references to all public consultations and documentation issued dated back to 2015, with the most recent first.
7 November 2017 – REAP (AGRI-TECH EAST ANNUAL CONFERENCE)
Plans made available for viewing and discussion.
16 – 17 May 2017 – PUBLIC EXHIBITION
Proposals for ARC shared with local residents, community groups and interested parties.
1 March 2017 – SMITHSONHILL PROPOSALS – PARISH FAQ
Answers provided to frequently asked questions arising from the presentation to Hinxton Parish Council in January 2017.
Report circulated to parish councils, alongside submission to South Cambridgeshire District Council and shared with wider stakeholders on our website.
31 January 2017 – SMITHSONHILL PROPOSALS – A PARK FOR AGRITECH
Update on emerging proposals for ARC, including results from site investigations, market research and transport consultations shared on our website, including a link to a video of our presentations to Parish Councils across South Cambridgeshire.
19 January 2017 – PARISH COUNCIL PRESENTATION
Update presentation to local Parish Councils.
9 November 2016 – REAP (AGRI-TECH EAST ANNUAL CONFERENCE)
Plans shared with key stakeholders in the AgriTech sector.
17 August 2016 – FAQ FROM FIRST PUBLIC EXHIBITION 30TH JUNE TO 2ND JULY
Questions emerging from our public exhibition answered in a Frequently Asked Questions document.
30th June – 2nd July 2016 – PUBLIC EXHIBITION
Emerging proposals and overview of findings of initial technical studies shared with local residents, community groups and other interested parties.
Findings from two A1307 stakeholder workshops, which involved local residents, parish and county councillors and other interested parties, shared.
23 May 2016 – YOUR PRIORITIES FOR A JOINED-UP TRANSPORT APPROACH
Draft of joined up approach shared, collectively discussed additional comments requested.
11 April 2016 – SOUTH OF CAMBRIDGE TRANSPORT CONSULTATION.
Community consultation for the south of Cambridge. Residents contributed ideas on how to improve routes in and out of the city and region, particularly around A1301 and A1307.
23 March 2016 – HOW DO YOU FIX A PROBLEM LIKE LOCAL TRANSPORT?
MD, Emma Fletcher outlined the transportation challenges of the region at a Cambridge South-East Cluster discussion and proposed a collaborative approach to transport infrastructure.
January – March 2016 – VARIOUS MEETINGS WITH SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE PARISH COUNCILS
Individual meetings with local parish council’s.
01 December 2015 – SMITHSONHILL OVERVIEW IN DECEMBER HINXTON VILLAGE NEWS
Overview of project shared and feedback from the community requested (see page 18).
19 November 2015 – MEETING WITH PARISH COUNCILS AND LOCAL COUNCILLORS.
To understand key issues in the area and any shortfall in local facilities.