Controversial farm night work plan is rejected

Bleasby Moor poultry protestors EMN-150731-142141001
Bleasby Moor poultry protestors EMN-150731-142141001

A controversial plan for a massive chicken farm to operate in the middle of the night has been rejected by West Lindsey District Council.

WLDC’s planning committee has refused permission for Bleasby Moor firm Jagger Poultry to change a planning condition which prevents any loading or unloading of vehicles between 10pm and 7am.

Bleasby Moor Against Development (BMAD) campaigners are thrilled with this latest decision which comes two years after losing a fight to stop the 300,000-bird farm getting planning approval.

BMAD campaigner Andy White said: “This is great news for the village of Bleasby Moor and others in the locality.

“We obviously presented a strong objection case to the planners, so thanks to everyone who wrote in with their personal perspective on the application.”

Jagger Poultry wanted permission to load birds onto lorries on 26 nights of the year - but BMAD said any night work would disturb residents.

The original application, approved by WLDC in 2013, saw Jagger Poultry’s get the green light to convert a former egg laying unit at Hill Top Farm into buildings for chickens to be bred specifically for meat production.

And this is now the second time the firm has failed to overturn WLDC’s planning condition preventing night work.

Mr White said: “Condition 15, which was included for the sole benefit of local residents, has been implemented and now twice reinforced by West Lindsey planners after attempts by the applicants to change it.

“We now have a very solid position to present in any further activity from the applicants.”

A statement in Jagger Poultry’s latest application says: “As things stand the owners would be denied a market for the chicken unless there is a way forward on this 
condition. In effect they have a planning permission which is difficult to implement.”

And Jagger Poultry insisted its operation would be quiet and not disturb villagers.

Its planning statement said: “Removal of poultry is a quiet period as it purely involves picking the birds up, putting them carefully into crates and loading the crates onto a lorry. Noise is minimal so as to not compromise the welfare of the birds.”