Lincolnshire

Market Rasen pig farm plans given green light

Two pig fattening units which can house almost 2,000 animals have been approved by councillors in Lincolnshire.

The facility at an existing pig farm at South Kelsey near Market Rasen has had planning permission granted by West Lindsey District Council.

It had faced opposition from some nearby residents concerned about noise, traffic and smell.

Planners said the 1,960-capacity units would have limited impact and would improve animal welfare.

Visual impact

West Lindsey District Council's planning committee chairman, Councillor Chris Underwood-Frost, said they had imposed extra conditions on the farm.

"We had some significant questions which we needed answers to. One of these was about how the slurry was going to be dealt with - whether it was going to be scattered or drilled into the ground." he said.

"There were issues about lighting and floodlighting and visual impact, making sure it blended into the rural aspect, as well as the water supply".

He added: "The committee of members have been satisfied these issues have been addressed."

Rob Dinsdale is chairman of South Kelsey Parish Council and a farmer whose land neighbours the pig farm.

He said: "We are disappointed it has been approved but we are happy about some of these extra conditions being imposed."

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