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Poultry farm applications rejected in west England

Planners have rejected 2 developments in Shropshire, West Midlands, England, that would have housed almost half-a-million chickens, reports Farmers Weekly.

Farmer John Warner applied to Shropshire County Council to erect 4 broiler units housing 175,000 chickens on a 2.5 acre acre site at Great Ness near Shrewsbury. In a separate application G C Davies and Co, of Little Ness, applied to build 5 broiler units covering 3 acres and accommodating almost a quarter-of-a-million chickens.

The Council for the Preservation of Rural England (CPRE) opposed the developments, saying there were already a significant number of broiler units in the region.

"Planners made the right decisions to protect what they say is the county's greatest asset - its natural and historic environment," a CPRE spokesman said. "The proposed sheds were far too large for the location and neither applicant had managed to satisfy environmental rules."

The CPRE spokesperson also said a rise in heavy traffic passing through small country lanes and villages would have been an unacceptable result of the large farms.

Source: Farmers Weekly

Natalie Berkhout

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