Public enquiry over broiler site expansion plan to enter seventh day

Six days have not been enough to complete a Lincolnshire public enquiry into a broiler planning dispute that has rocked the village of Horsington in the east of the county.


An application by Michael Annakin of Annakin Farms to build five 40,000 bird sheds at Mapleton Farm just outside the village has twice been rejected by East Lindsey District Council and now a public enquiry has twice been adjourned by the inspector Philip Asquith at a hotel in Woodhall Spa. 


Through most of the first three days in January and the second in March, an residants listened to the cross examination of expert witnesses and Mr Annakin by John Edmond acting for the council. 


The key issue was whether the proposed site would harm the living conditions and amenity of local residents, with particular concern centred on what was seen on the smell that would by created by the proposed 200,000 bird capacity unit producing up to 1.2 million birds a year.


Mr Annakin, who has been growing broilers for around 30 years and has two other sites in the county, said a third site was needed to ensure a future in broiler farming for his two sons and their families. 


A local resident Clive Bottrell that the market did not need more broilers and that  all poultry farms should be moved to remote areas such as parts of fenland in the county well away from peoples’ houses. 


The hearing resumes on April 25.