Barham poultry farm fined £9,000 for not having a permit

A Suffolk poultry farm has been fined £9,000 for failing to have a permit for its large number of birds.

Ipswich Magistrates' Court heard Valley Farm Poultry Ltd had nearly 120,000 birds at its Barham address since February 2007.

A permit is required for more than 40,000 birds but the Environment Agency said Valley Farm did not inquire about one until December 2010.

Valley Farm Poultry Ltd was also ordered to pay costs of £2,982.

The Environment Agency, who took the case to court, said poultry permits help protect communities from the effects of ammonia and methane emissions.

Environment Agency officer Stacey Wadsley said: "Although there was no evidence of any adverse affect on the local community or any pollution, the guidance is there to protect both."