Shadingfield: High Court quashes 141,000-chicken farm plans

East Suffolk Council had approved the application by Merrells Growers Limited on 17 January last year.
The facility, earmarked for land close to Moat Farmhouse in Shadingfield, would have consisted of three poultry houses for birds bred for meat.
The development had been planned for two hectares (20,000 sq m) of arable land, close to the Grade II* listed Moat Farmhouse and West End Farm.
John Fitzsimons, a member of Cornerstone Barristers, said client Thomas Keating had brought a Judicial Review against the council.
Cornerstone Barristers said the application had “failed to include adequate information about the disposal of waste from the facility” and did not assess “the quantity of waste” or how it would be disposed of.
In a statement of reasons, Timothy Corner, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, said the council “accepts it failed to adequately consider the direct and indirect environmental effects of the poultry manure”.
Comments submitted to the authority had included one by David Ramm, on behalf of the owner of Moat Farm, who said: “The superb secluded location described by the valuer at the time of purchase will be destroyed.”
He said when the farm owner had heard of the plans he had replied: “I can’t think of anything worse.”
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Post time: May-17-2021