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NIAB Park Farm redevelopment

23 November 2016

NIAB is proposing to improve and modernise its Park Farm site, near Histon on the outskirts of Cambridge, to bring the facilities up-to-date. NIAB Park Farm - aerial view 2016

In 2007, South Cambridgeshire District Council granted planning permission for the erection of glasshouses, farm buildings and research and development facilities at the site.

Over the years NIAB has built out some aspects of this planning permission. The site currently features The MacLeod Complex, state-of-the-art glasshouses and outdoor ornamental growing facilities, alongside The Sophi Taylor Building, our BREEAM award-winning visitor centre opened in 2013 as part of the NIAB Innovation Farm initiative. Park Farm is also home to our ornamentals section, variety and agronomy demonstration area, analytical services laboratories and some farm buildings.NIAB Park Farm - aerial - proposed redevelopment

Our new proposals involve the removal of the older existing farm structures, including the concrete tower, and replacing them with new buildings on a similar scale to those previously approved in 2007 but not built. In addition, the application will also include the erection of further glasshouses.

The images include a current aerial view of the site, alongside architect drawings of the new proposals.NIAB Park Farm - proposed redevelopment view 1

NIAB Park Farm - proposed redevelopment view 2