Plans for a new 250,000 chicken broiler unit in Shropshire have finally been rejected by an appeals planning inspector.
The plans for the five separate buildings at Foxholes Farm Buildings, Little Ness, near Oswestry, had drawn significant protests from local residents concerned over potential harm to the environment. There were also worries about the increased flow of traffic.
As a result of the protests, Shropshire County Council turned down the original application in 2010, despite assurances that the site would be landscaped and that traffic flow would be regulated.
The developers also said that the new unit would create new jobs and would help to ensure a home-produced supply of broilers at a time when imports are increasing.
Following the rejection, farmer Guy Davies launched the appeal which has now also been turned down.
Planning inspector Gyllian Grindey said in her judgement: “I conclude that there would be a detrimental effect from the proposal on living conditions of nearby residents.
“The scheme would be out of character with the village and the small-scale nature of the countryside hereabouts and would harm the visual qualities that are clearly cherished by many.”