Campaigners vow to fight huge chicken farm plans

Bleasby Moor poultry protestors
Bleasby Moor poultry protestors

Every household in a Lincs village has vowed to fight plans for a farm that would breed 312,000 chickens to be slaughtered for meat.

Residents in Bleasby Moor have formed action group Bleasby Moor Against Development (BMAD) to fight a planning application for a large scale poultry unit just 150 metres from the nearest house in their village.

Jagger Poultry and Amber Real Estate Investments want to convert an egg laying unit at Hill Top Farm into buildings for chickens to be bred specifically for meat production.

But residents are concerned about the impact the proposed site would have on their health - they are worried about excessive dust, noise, the smell and soil and water pollution.

They say the surrounding roads are “totally inadequate” to cope with the proposed increase in lorry movements.

And BMAD is arguing an intensive livestock unit should be at least 400 metres away from housing, according to West Lindsey District Council’s local plan.

Campaigner Andy White said: “It’s such a large scale development, so close to a tiny village.”

The chickens would be kept at the site for up to 42 days and then taken to Scunthorpe to be processed at a factory.

A statement in the planning application said: “The proposal makes best use of an existing poultry site.

“The design takes into account operational requirements and potential environmental effect.”

WLDC’s planning committee visited the site on Tuesday.

The application will be determined at a planning meeting on March 6. Campaigners will travel to Gainsborough for the meeting and put their case to planners.