Dales free range unit wins planning permission

The developer of a controversial 12,000-bird free range layer shed has won the day over objectors from a Derbyshire Dales village.

Over 100 villagers in Marston Montgomery signed a petition opposing the building of the shed measuring 80m x 20m x 5m. They also packed into their village hall for two protest meetings.

But applicant Phillip Deville has been given the go-ahead by Derbyshire County Council, after the county’s Dales District Council asked them to investigate whether the shed – which will create three jobs – would have a detrimental effect on the village school.

Villagers had claimed that flies and smells would put parents off sending their children to the school.

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