Free range egg unit plans turned down by council

Plans for a new 16.2ha (40 acre) free range laying unit in Shropshire have been refused by a council, despite being supported by planning officers.


Producer Richard Tomkinson had sought outline planning permission from Telford & Wrekin Council for the 16,000 bird unit near Telford.


The plans were approved by planning officers, but the decision was overturned by councillors following a series of complaints from local residents.


Council leader Andrew Eade told councillors: “The effects of the smells in hot weather would be dire and this decision will have a major impact on the lives of people living nearby.


“The 16,000 chickens will deposit a considerable amount of excrement, some of it within 20m of people’s homes.”


After the meeting Mr Tomkinson said he would be seeking to take the matter further.