270,000 bird broiler plan too fowl for approval

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

Mercer Farming has lost an appeal in its bid to build a 270,000 bird broiler unit on land off Gulham Road, North Owersby.

West Lindsey District Council had turned down the proposal in January.

Mercer Farming had sought to erect six broiler rearing units, each containing 45,000 broilers, and associated feed bins, control room, feed weighing room, site office and a general purpose storage building.

The Appeal Decision reports the appeal was dismissed mainly because of the “effect of highway safety along Gulham Road.”

Some 84 HGV loads would have to use 2km of Gulham Road almost every day, a road it said was narrow and lacking lighting and footways, causing conflict with other road users.

“As a result conditions would be created in which accidents could occur,” said the Appeal Decision.

The HGVs would also damage the road.

“Local people have raised a number of other concerns including the implications of the proposal for the rural landscape, pollution, dust, biodiversity and drainage,” but these problems were not serious enough for West Lindsey to reject the plan on these grounds provided conditions were attached.

Inspector Chris Anstey added the proposed development would benefit North Gulham farm and create jobs, as well as supply meat and reduce imports.

However, he concluded this was outweighed because “it would likely to be severely prejudicial to highway safety along Gulham Road and on particular days of the year.