Fresh broiler plan hatched at farm despite lost appeal

The site of the proposed broiler units EMN-141217-154512001
The site of the proposed broiler units EMN-141217-154512001

Mercer Farming has resubmitted a planning application for a smaller broiler plant at North Owersby just weeks after losing an appeal for a larger scheme.

West Lindsey District Council turned down an earlier plan for a 270,000 broiler bird unit on land off Gulham Road citing concerns over traffic down the narrow lane.

A covering letter in the latest application from agent Ian Pick notes West Lindsey District Council did not oppose the application “in principle.”

The new plan is a third smaller and traffic movements would be further reduced by keeping poultry manure on the farm instead of having vehicles taking it away.

The letter also noted the previous decision referred to the applicant’s lack of a feasibility study for the alternative proposal for an outdoor pig rearing unit. It said Mercer Farming would prefer to develop its poultry plans but pigs were an acceptable diversification for the farm, but it would result in more traffic movements down Gulham Road than the new proposal of four broiler units and associated buildings. Due to biosecurity reasons 80 per cent of pig-related traffic movements would occur in the first two days of the week.

“The diversification study shows the pig rearing would create 1028 lorries (2,056 HGV movements per annum) which is significantly more than the scaled down poultry enterprise which is under consideration,” it said. “This proposal has amended the scheme and addresses the single issue raised by the Inspector. Through re-working the proposal, this has resulted in the peak traffic generation being reduced by 70%”