Three giant poultry sheds housing almost 150,000 chickens will be built in the Shropshire countryside after being given the go-ahead.
The controversial plans by farmer Guy Davies at Foxholes Buildings in Little Ness, between Oswestry and Shrewsbury, were approved by Shropshire Council planning committee yesterday after a 90-minute debate.
Furious residents, who campaigned against the plans because of fears about the noise nuisance caused by lorries travelling to and from the site, described the decision as an ‘absolute disgrace and a shambles’.
The go-ahead comes after plans for five poultry sheds for 250,000 birds on the same site were thrown out by a planning inspector.
Guy Maxfield, for the application, told councillors road improvements had been made and the site is screened by 3,000 trees.
But Jim Townsend, for the Nesses Action Group opposing the plans, said residents would be further affected by the scheme particularly at night-time, in addition to the disruption caused by the nearby Valeswood unit, which deals with 100,000 birds.