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Plans have been proposed for a retirement village in Histon – although the developer may need to do something about the smell from the nearby jam factory.

McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd wants to build 101 apartments and four bungalows on land adjacent to the Hain Daniels factory. The development would be three storeys at its highest point but one potential sticking point is the close proximity to the industrial manufacturing of jam and other sweet spreads. The application highlights the potential impact of the smell from an anaerobic digestion plant treating process effluents from the factory.

McCarthy & Stone has submitted a planning application for a retirement complex with 101 apartments and four bungalows on land adjacent to the Hain Daniels factory site in Histon. Image: Urban Edge Architecture Limited (43997788)
McCarthy & Stone has submitted a planning application for a retirement complex with 101 apartments and four bungalows on land adjacent to the Hain Daniels factory site in Histon. Image: Urban Edge Architecture Limited (43997788)

Modelling in an odour assessment report found the site “would not [be] suitable for residential development under the current operations” but added that “the model may be conservative, and/or the existing residents may have developed a degree of tolerance”.

Either the emission rate modelled for the assessment is an overestimate, the report said, or residents have become “tolerant of some odours and accept them as part and parcel of the area”. It said some odour abatement is required for the area to be suitable for residential development and if this and other modifications are implemented, “the facility should not result in a significant adverse effect on the proposed development” or existing residents.

The development will incorporate a mix of care and retirement apartments. McCarthy & Stone says it has “pioneered the idea that people want and deserve high-quality residential property designed and built with their needs in mind”.

The application says: “The overall aim is to deliver a sustainable, integrated retirement community that will meet the care and accommodation needs of the ageing local population.

“We believe this site and the proposed retirement development represent a unique opportunity to provide much-needed retirement living in the Histon-Impington area.

“Health and well-being are the focus of these proposals, both in the creation of a retirement community that encourages a range of care options and a mixed community that positively engages with Histon-Impington village, and extensive landscaped areas that provide opportunities for leisure and connections with nature.”

The development would provide 64 parking spaces, with the main access via Home Close. A new stop on the guided busway is also proposed.

View the planning application at applications.greatercambridgeplanning.org/online-applications/centralDistribution.do?caseType=Application&keyVal=QLDJM0DX0DA00.

To see more public notices, visit cambridgeindependent.yourlocalnotices.com/.

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