Mid Wales

Powys 'mega dairy' judicial review date set for June

Fraser Jones
Image caption Fraser Jones's plans were backed by Planning Minister Carl Sargeant

A High Court judicial review over a Powys farmer's plans to build a 1,000-cow dairy has been set for early summer.

An animal welfare charity was given the go-ahead for judges to review the Welsh government's decision to allow the dairy at Leighton, near Welshpool in January.

Planning Minister Carl Sargeant had said the economic benefits outweighed other considerations.

The hearing will take place on 5 June.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) said it decided to challenge the decision-making process that led to the granting of the application and the implications of building the industrial dairy farm in Britain.

Last October, Mr Sargeant decided the proposed dairy at Lower Leighton Farm next to a school should be allowed to proceed despite a public inquiry inspector recommending refusal on the grounds it would conflict the area's unitary development plan.

Farm owner Fraser Jones claims he has been "victimised" by the WSPA over their challenge.

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