• Industrial pig unit would be on highest quality farming land

    7th March 2012 | News | Claire
  • Under the ‘constraints’ tab on the EDDC planning portal it can be seen that the land in question for an industrial pig unit equivalent to an area the size of three football pitches, is in fact among the highest quality food growing land available anywhere in the country.

    Government guidance states that the best and most versatile agricultural land should not be built on, unless circumstances are exceptional.

    The EDDC adopted Local Plan and the new draft Local Plan both state that this land, including grades 1, 2 and 3a should be avoided for building purposes.

    Grade 1 land is pretty rare in East Devon, with the majority of farmland being low quality grazing land for cattle and sheep.  Some land around Ottery St Mary is Grade 2 – also, highly productive for crop growing.

    With future food security problems highly likely, it would seem short-sighted in the extreme to concrete over this vital source of food.