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Appeal against rejection of chicken farm near Grantham to be heard at planning inquiry




A planning inquiry will be held into the refusal of a plan for a 270,000-bird poultry farm.

Councillors at South Kesteven District Council voted in February against the plans from ADAS UK, which would have seen a six-shed farm built off the High Dyke, near Great Ponton.

Following an appeal against the decision, it will go before the Planning Inspectorate. A date has not yet been set.

An image included in a planning application to build a chicken farm at Great Ponton, which the developer says shows development from High Dyke, looking north-west. (27837700)
An image included in a planning application to build a chicken farm at Great Ponton, which the developer says shows development from High Dyke, looking north-west. (27837700)

There was strong objection to the plans from local residents and the headteacher of Great Ponton Primary School.

The Woodland Trust also raised a concern over the impact of ammonia on nearby ancient woodland.

SKDC's planning committee refused it on the grounds of impact on the landscape, concerns over ammonia and pollution and the public perception.

This was despite repeated warning from council officers that there was an “extremely high” likelihood of appeal following refusal.



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