Firm loses appeal over poultry farm

Leasingham EMN-150213-144843001
Leasingham EMN-150213-144843001

A decision to refuse planning permission for a poultry farm at Holdingham has been upheld by the Planning Inspectorate.

North Kesteven District Council planning committee rejected a planning application by FKB Ltd for 16 poultry sheds off Lincoln Road, Holdingham on the grounds of visual impact in August last year, against the advice of officers.

An appeal against that decision was made by FKB in January.

However, on looking at the proposals for the poultry farm, the Planning Inspectorate dismissed the appeal on Monday, with one of the main issues being ‘the effect of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the surrounding countryside’.

FKB had hoped the poultry farm would be able to work in conjunction with an anaerobic digestion plant which is to be built in Holdingham.

Plans for the controversial anaerobic digestion plant were approved by district planners in October following a tied vote, with 16 votes for and 16 against the application. Committee chairman Coun Pat Woodman used her casting vote to pass the application 17 votes to 16.

Despite losing the poultry farm appeal the firm intends to continue with its plans for the AD plant.

Mark Bates, of FKB, said: “We are disappointed but the anaerobic digestion plant will still go ahead.”