Fury as boar unit gets go-ahead

Moortown plan EMN-151124-062353001
Moortown plan EMN-151124-062353001
  • Artificial insemination unit to create up to three rural jobs - but residents objected to plans

An artificial insemination unit for 150 boars has been given the go ahead - despite objections from near by residents in Moortown.

West Lindsey District Council’s planning committee has approved SR Genetics Ltd’s application for a boar stud and artificial insemination collection unit at Watermill Farm in Station Road, Moortown.

SR Genetics - which already has a 100-boar unit at the site - believes this development will not have an “adverse” impact on the “amenity of neighbours”.

But near by residents disagree.

In a letter of objection to WLDC, one resident said: “We are very concerned about the noise and smell that will be generated by the ventilation system.

“It is possible the fans could run 24 hours a day depending on heat humidity and air quality.”

The resident says the existing unit is ‘naturally’ ventilated - unlike the new one.

The letter said: “Using a forced air ventilation system must cause noise.

“This will have a detrimental effect on our quality of life particularly in warm weather when we spend time in the garden and have windows open day and 
night.”

Another letter raised concerns about noise and smell from the site - and the environmental impact of having more HGVs entering and leaving the 
area.

But SR Genetics Ltd disagrees.

A statement in its planning application said: “The predicted odour is of minor adverse significance at the nearest receptor.”

And the firm said traffic to and from the site would increase by just 16 movements per year.

A planning statement said: “The proposal is required in order to support the continued growth of the company.”

The application said the expansion will result in two to three part time jobs and will therefore be ‘supporting the local rural economy’.

The planning application went on to say: “It is considered that the proposal is considered appropriate sustainable development and is acceptable in accordance with national policy and the relevant development plan policies.”

Coun David Cotton told the planning meeting: “I wish we could get away from this utopian ideal of the countryside.

“The countryside smells.

“As someone brought up in the countryside it has always smelt.

“And actually a quite healthy smell of manure is not unpleasant.”

WLDC’s planning meeting was held at Guildhall, Gainsborough on November 
18.