• Industrial pig unit applicant attempts to overcome AONB issues

    22nd March 2012 | News | Claire
  • Many residents have voiced strong objections about the fact the huge site would be built on land designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    Now plans have been submitted which attempt to better screen the development from view.

    If planners are convinced that the buildings are suitably screened it is possible that the application could be recommended for approval.

    If this happens, a decision would be brought before councillors on the Development Management Committee.  Members of the public would be able to comment at the meeting for three minutes each.

    Residents now have just one week to comment on the amended plans before the application moves towards determination.

    I would advise anyone who has a concern about this application to read the amended plans very carefully and remark on whether they believe that the new landscaping is effective.

    The AONB is one of a number of major issues in my view and any decision should not rest alone on the issue of whether the building is suitably screened.  It is also to be built on grades 1 and 3 agricultural land.

    Natural England and the RSPB are now studying very carefully the additional information relating to nitrogen emissions and the effect they may have on the nearby pebblebed heaths, which are internationally designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. 

    It is probable that the application breaches the EU Habitats Regulations, which is the only legal lever to prevent development.  Any attempt on behalf of the applicant to mitigate nitrogen emissions would need to be thoroughly investigated for evidence of its effectiveness.