Chicken farm given permission to expand
A poultry farm extension has been given the go-ahead after councillors were told there had been no local objections.
Lower Fenemere Farm at Myddlewood, Myddle, already has 80,000 birds in five sheds and the extension will mean the construction of a new large building for the egg-laying hens.
Planning officer Philip Mullineux told Tuesday's North planning committee of Shropshire Council that there were general worries about poultry farms and ecological problems with ammonia odour.
But he said that the applicant had agreed to plant more trees on the site to mitigate the problem.
This had been deemed acceptable during talks with Natural England, which had been concerned about the effect on the Midlands metres and mosses land.
Councillor Nick Bardsley said there were no local objectors and added that the parish council supported the plans.
"This is good news for the economy, the farm already employs local people and it is hoped this will bring additional jobs," he said.
Committee members voted to grant planning permission.
Councillor Joyce Barrow said: "This application doesn't seem to have ruffled any feathers."
The report to the meeting said that the farm's free range poultry unit for egg production began in 1998.
It said that the new shed would be steel clad and a slate blue colour to match existing buildings.
A report from Mr Mullineux, said that the development would not impact on the landscape.
It stated: "It is acknowledged that the development is significant in scale and does have a limited impact on the landscape. However it is considered that the proposed development, with consideration to the surrounding landscape character, topography and field layout, with further landscape mitigation, can be successfully integrated into the surrounding landscape.
"This will also assist in relation to ammonia emissions which has been a contentious issue in relation to this application, a matter that has been subject to detailed and complex consideration, to which further mitigation as offered by the applicants has now resolved this concern."
Mr Mullineux's report added that the economic benefits of the development made it acceptable.
It stated: "On balance with consideration to the location, size and scale and cumulative impacts, it is considered that there will not be an adverse impact.
"Also the economic benefits to the business concerned and production of local food with further landscape mitigation in the form of native planting and the external colour of the development, is on balance acceptable in principle."
Permission was granted subject to the site access being built before the poultry building was brought into use.