Bayer site, Hauxton

These pages are jointly produced by South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) and the Environment Agency, the Health Protection Agency and NHS Cambridgeshire. Some information has been supplied by Harrow Estates and Vertase FLI and links to their websites can be found at the bottom of the page.


The Former Bayer CropScience site is located along the A10 on the outskirts of Hauxton. Since the 1940s the site was used for the production of agrochemicals including pesticides and herbicides, which over time have contaminated the soil and ground water.

Due to the risk posed to the groundwater and nearby watercourses, the site was determined as Contaminated Land in 2003 by SCDC under Part IIa of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and designated a Special Site for regulation by the Environment Agency. The site therefore had to be remediated.

Outline planning permission was granted for the site in February 2010 for residential and mixed use development of the site, subject to it being remediated to a standard suitable for these uses.

The outline application (S/2308/06/O) along with the documents submitted and the Decision Notice can be viewed here

A specialist remediation contractor Vertase FLI was employed to carry the remediation work. The work was carried out under an Environmental Permit with supporting information issued by the Environment Agency, and under a planning consent specific to the remediation work, granted in February 2010.

The Planning application for remediation works (S/2307/06/F) along with the documents submitted and the Decision Notice can be viewed here

In May-2011 permission was granted for a variation to the Remediation Method Statement to allow for reduced frequency of water level monitoring, from daily to twice weekly except during heavy rainfall events, and substitution of ground level water contour graphs for ground water level contour maps in required progress reports.

The Planning application S/2269/10 for Variation of Condition 4 of Planning Permission S/2307/06/F can be viewed here

What were the remediation works?

View a comprehensive list of all the planning conditions related to the remediation of the site.

Get a summary of the remediation process and monthly monitoring report.

View Information about who has regulated the site

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