2000-pig development approved on second application

Planning approval has been granted for a new 2000-pig unit to be built in Lincolnshire, following a resubmitted application to West Lindsey District Council (WLDC).

The proposed Upton pig farm development, tabled by farmer Tim Elwess, was originally rejected in January after more than 4,000 objections to the plan. This prompted a second application which sought to address the concerns raised, including noise and odour environmental impact reports.

The success of the second application, which WLDC approved on a majority vote, was welcomed by NPA’s policy services officer, Lizzie Wilson, as a decision which showed what can be achieved, even in the face of intense opposition to development proposals.

“This is great news as it proves local councils are prepared to make decisions on the basis of the actual planning issues in front of them,” she said.

“This proposal is ideally located outside the village with careful consideration given to issues raised during the planning process. Although local residents are disappointed, they’re unlikely to know it is even there once the unit is up and running.”

Ms Wilson also said the planning committee’s decision reiterates how important it is for the industry to continue making the “rational case for what we do and what we deliver in terms of food security backed by high production standards”.

Headline photograph is taken from a tweeted WLDC image of the planning committee in action this week

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