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Chicken farm proposal stirs uproar near Tewkesbury

Villagers of The Leigh near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire are concerned a proposed chicken farm will fill their village with a bad odour.


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The proposed site near Tewkesbury is for three units hosing up to 155,000 birds
The proposed site near Tewkesbury is for three units hosing up to 155,000 birds

Residents of The Leigh, near Tewkesbury, are concerned about plans to build a large chicken farm in their village with fears of bad smells in the area.

 

The proposed planning application is for three new poultry units for up to 155,000 birds, feed bins, a new access road and landscaping at the site, which is mostly used for 250 dairy cows, arable farmland and pasture growing maize and grass.

 

The chicken units would go on part of a field and an old, non-productive derelict orchard.

 

While the plans highlight the biggest ever development in the village, the application documents state the farm is needed to meet growing demand for poultry products in this country.

 

AG Troughton and Son, who own the site stated in the application the strong demand for British reared poultry products and a significant lack of investment in the poultry sector in the past decade.

 

Villagers are concerned about the impact the farm would have on the landscape, as well as the bad smells which would affect the entire village sitting downwind of the site.

 

The Leigh Parish Council will discuss the proposal next week.

 

 

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