Vitacress Salads Ltd is a leading supplier of baby leaf and other salad products to major retailers. Its UK washing and packing operations are located at Lower Link Farm, St Mary Bourne in Hampshire. Adams Hendry has provided consultancy to Vitacress for a number of years, in connection with applications to enable improvements to the operations at that site. The objectives of the proposed improvements are to improve the quality and freshness of the Company’s salad products, to remove inefficiencies and reduce costs of the operation and to deliver environmental benefits including reduced energy usage and CO2 emissions.
The site lies in a sensitive location, within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the operations on the site discharge water into the Bourne Rivulet, a tributary of the River Test. Adams Hendry acted as planning consultants on the scheme as well as lead consultant for the application and Environmental Statement, working with a number of specialist sub-consultants.
Following the grant of planning permission by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Adams Hendry continues to provide support in the implementation of the proposals, including discharging planning conditions and securing any necessary approvals for scheme changes.