Farmers in north Wales may be forced to bury fallen stock at the height of the lambing season after planning permission for a deadstock handling unit was denied.

Clutton (Agriculture) was aiming to use farm buildings at Glasinfryn, Bangor, as a staging post en route to the company’s processing plant at Wrexham.

But Gwynedd County Council turned down the application.

The application, which was backed by council planning officers, drew claims that the site was too close to the village, and that roads in the area were unsuitable for heavy commercial vehicles.

Cluttons, the only company serving parts of an area extending from south Cheshire and north Shropshire to Anglesey, will decide whether to appeal when the reasons for refusing the collection centre bid are published.

It has also confirmed that efforts to secure a lease on a building at Gaerwen on Anglesey, which was previously used to store animal hides, had foundered.

The two temporary carcass-holding facilities were needed to reduce the number of journeys of up to two hours back to Wrexham by the lorries used for farm collections.

At the peak of demand last spring, some farmers complained of having to wait five weeks to dispose of dead animals.