issue appeal over chicken farm near Burnham-On-Sea
couple fighting a controversial chicken farm near Burnham-On-Sea
have appealed for the public's help.
we reported here,
residents living near Newbridge Farm in New Road, East Huntspill,
say the pungent smells coming from the site have worsened over the
and Julia Stanbury, pictured, and other nearby residents also say
the site has broken planning regulations by not installing the permitted
coloured roofing material.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "On 3rd September, Sedgemoor District
Council finally commenced the long-awaited supplementary consultation
on planning application 25/17/00047 relating to Newbridge Farm poultry
consultation is on the Addendum to the Environmental Statement,
which sets out the site owners rationale and approaches for
justifying the removal of Condition 3 in order to retain the goosewing
grey roofing material."
are also seeking to regularise the difference between the approved
plans in Condition 2 and what was built."
adds: "We encourage as many people as possible to object to
the application by the deadline of 3rd October."
campaign group Fowl Play in East Huntspill has been formed to keep
up the pressure for improvements at the chicken farm.
"Our planning consultant, backed-up by a specialist environmental
law barrister, wrote yet again to Sedgemoor District Council to
challenge the Councils position regarding Amber Real Estate
Investments application to keep the goosewing grey
roof and regularise other planning irregularities."
latest letter highlights four key points - the application seeks
to retain a colour that was specifically precluded by a planning
condition. It is a fundamental departure from what was permitted
because the roofs are by far the largest and most prominent part
of the development."
to planning case law, this renders the entire development unauthorised;
and, therefore, the application is invalid. The major application
made under S.73A of the Town & Country Planning Act means that
the Council is now able to take into account the changes in circumstance
since the original application and can consider the acceptability
or otherwise of a development that has already taken place."
now know the development and its operation is causing significant
adverse impacts on the local landscape, neighbouring amenity and
local economy contrary to what was predicted by the Environmental
Council believes that the odour issue is a matter for the Environment
Agency and does not need to be covered by the Environmental Statement
supporting the application. This is inherently wrong. In 2011, the
Council acknowledged in granting permission for poultry units on
the site that odour was a material consideration."