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Council backs plans for chicken farm

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Date Published: 02/03/06

Plans for an egg production unit in Aston Abbotts took another step forward today (8 March) after Aylesbury Vale District Council backed the scheme. Members of AVDC’s development control committee confirmed their support for the proposal fo...

Plans for an egg production unit in Aston Abbotts took another step forward today (8 March) after Aylesbury Vale District Council backed the scheme.

Members of AVDC’s development control committee confirmed their support for the proposal for Norduck Farm at a meeting held at the Civic Centre in Aylesbury.

Last year, the development control committee resolved to grant planning permission to the scheme to house 18,000 birds for egg production subject to the completion of a legal agreement. However, Aston Abbotts Residents’ Association (AARA) challenged this decision and claimed any permission would be unlawful because members were wrongly advised as to whether an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) needed to be carried out or not.

The AARA claims that an EIA is needed so residents will know the likely effects of the development and mitigation measures proposed. They are also concerned about traffic issues, the storage and disposal of manure, the effect on other wildlife of poison used to regulate rats on chicken farms and the increased risk of avian flu.

The residents’ association indicated that they would seek judicial review of the council’s decision. Today’s meeting was arranged to inform the development control committee of the AARA’s concerns and to ask members whether they wished to continue supporting the proposal in light of a possible legal challenge.

Councillor Derrick Isham, Chairman of the Development Control Committee, said the council had properly dealt with the issues that have been raised by the residents association. He said: “We have considered all the objections to this proposal and are satisfied that with the appropriate controls this application will not harm the local environment. The site isn’t in an environmentally sensitive location according to government guidelines and therefore an EIA is not necessary.

“We are confident that the smell from manure, the control of vermin and other wildlife issues can be managed by an operating system we have asked to be developed before the application can be approved.

“While we recognise there is the potential for avian flu to develop in this country, we must be guided by the government on the housing of poultry. The government has not issued any advice or guidance that would require us to deal with this matter other than through the normal planning process.”

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01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk