Renewed poultry farm bid

Planning applications
Planning applications

The team behind an appeal over North Kesteven District Council’s decision to refuse plans for a poultry plant near Sleaford have voiced their ongoing belief in the scheme.

It was in August when the council, against the advice of officers, rejected FKB Ltd’s plans for 16 poultry sheds on land at Holdingham on grounds of visual impact.

An appeal to the Planning Inspectorate was registered in December, with a decision expected early in 2015.

In a statement, Robert Beck, director of FKB Ltd, said: “FKB applied for planning permission for a poultry farm on this site because we saw that planning policies could be met and a project delivered in a way that would benefit the local area.

“We have appealed the refusal of planning permission because Lincolnshire’s poultry sector is a world-class industry which we are committed to being a part of.”

Jack Cook, of The Greenspan Agency, used by the applicant, said: “It is unfortunate that the councillors did not vote in favour of the project in August 2014, but we are optimistic that our appeal will be successful because the project will deliver economic benefits in an environmentally sustainable way.

“The development site is not close to dwellings, so it is a good location for a poultry farm. The Environment Agency will closely monitor the operation of the poultry farm to ensure that odour, flies and noise are not a problem.”