Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168109

Received: 29/07/2019

Respondent: DB Group (Holdings) LTD

Agent: Carter Jonas

Representation Summary:


The description of the established employment area at section 2.3 should be expanded upon to include a full description of DB Group's operations. Given their industrial nature, this is essential to ensure the future development that comes forward surrounding the site is appropriate.

Full text:

The second paragraph of section 2.3, Site Features and Surrounding Context, of the draft SPD states:

"A small established employment area is sited within the north-eastern corner of the site and is accessed via Wellington Way."

It is considered that this description should be expanded upon and include the following information in order that the context of the site is fully set out and can inform future development proposals:

The site which DB Group operate from is located on the north east corner of Bourn Airfield. The site is accessed via a shared private road, Wellington Way, which links the site to the roundabout for Highfields Road and St. Neots Road. Wellington Way is a no-through road, providing access to the site and other industrial and storage buildings to the eastern edge of the airfield only. The site includes mature areas of woodland which screens the site from view to the south and partially to the west. There is also mature woodland adjacent to the site which screens views from the east.

The operations and processes which take place on site include the following:
* Sand grading - filtering sand to provide different levels of fineness;
* Production of additives used in concrete mixes - blending of powders from silo storage;
* Warehousing - receipt and dispatch of goods either manufactured or purchased off site for resale.

The blending and grading process undertaken on site generates external noise, particularly in respect of the extraction system used to reduce material spillage and particles in the air. The site is also serviced by an average of 2 incoming and 3 outgoing HGV movements a day.

The company currently employs 27 full time staff on site with a further 40 being primarily field based and visiting the site approximately once a week.