‘Super dairy’ farmer faces pollution charges

One of the dairy farmers behind plans for Britain’s first “super dairy” faces three pollution charges.

Peter Willes, director of Nocton Dairies, is due to appear before Barnstaple magistrates court on 12 April.

He faces three charges brought by the Environment Agency relating to incidents at Beckland Farm, Hartland, Devon.

Last month, Nocton Dairies withdrew plans to establish a 3770-cow dairy herd in Lincolnshire.

The charges date back to back to February 2010. A previous hearing on Wednesday (2 March) was adjourned.

Mr Willes is accused of depositing, knowingly causing or knowingly permitting the deposit of controlled waste on land without an environmental permit.

Items include veterinary materials, plastics, fridges, tyres and light bulbs.

The other two charges relate to two water pollution incidents involving slurry, milk and silage effluent.

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