Campaign group back in action at Bleasby

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Campaigners in Bleasby Moor are back in action after hearing their nights could be disturbed by noise from a nearby poultry unit.

Last year, planners gave the green light to convert an egg-laying unit at Hill Top Farm into buildings for chickens to be bred specifically for meat production.

However, a number of conditions were imposed, one of them being no loading or unloading of vehicles and no commercial arrivals or departures between 10pm and 7am.

Now, an application has been made to amend this condition, which the applicant says is “impractical from a welfare perspective.”

But campaign spokesman Andy White says the change would be unacceptable.

“They (the applicant) say catching the birds in the early hours would be a quiet operation, but it is so quiet round here in the middle of the night that any movement would be amplified,” he said.

“It would be very detrimental to Bleasby Moor, as they would, in effect, have 24/7 access.

“And with 320,000 birds, that would be a lot of lorries.

The date has yet to be set for the application to be considered by the local authority.