Anger over plans to build 'intolerable' pig farm with 1,000 animals in Doncaster village

Residents in a Doncaster village have once again rallied against plans for a pig farm with 1,000 animals and say the ‘intolerable’ development will have a ‘devastating effect’ on people.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Monday, 20th January 2020, 3:17 pm

An amended application for a large pig rearing site on land at Burghwallis Park, off The Abbes Walk, near Burghwallis will be considered by planning officers again after being rejected back in September last year.

If the council’s planning team recommend approval, the application is likely to be considered by councillors at a future meeting.

The applicant, Anthony Scholey of Lodge Farm, Frickley, wants to build a structure to house the pigs and apply for permission to use the land for rear until they reach weight for transport for slaughter.

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An amended application for a large pig rearing site on land at Burghwallis Park, off The Abbes Walk, near Burghwallis will be considered by planning officers again

But dozens of Burghwallis have rallied again to a bid to oppose the application. An 87-signature petition has been sent to council planning officers.

Lead petitioner Andrew Wood said ‘95 per cent’ of Burghwallis homes opposed the original application with ‘no-one’ supporting it.

Residents have raised concerns around strong odour, an increase in HGV traffic on narrow country lanes and the possibility of animal rights activity disruption at the site.

Owston Parish Council has also sent a letter of objection to DMBC planning officers outlining a number of reasons why they feel the application should be thrown out again.

Parish council clerk Christine Harvey, said: “The proposal to site an industrial scale pig farm so close to so many residential properties is inappropriate, and would have a long lasting and devastating effect on the daily lives of so many residents who live in Burghwallis. The odour, fly nuisance and noise level emanating from the site would be intolerable.”

Planning agents on behalf of the applicant said the plans have been submitted due to HS2 which is planned to be built through the Frickley Farm and part of another farm in Hickleton.

Anthony Atkinson of Acorus Rural Property Services, who represents the applicant, said a noise and vehicle access survey have been sent in following the refusal of the previous application.

An update on the application is likely to be made in the next few months.