Poultry farm for 270,000 birds planned for Great Ponton
A new poultry unit in Great Ponton could house 270,000 birds under plans submitted to South Kesteven District Council.
The applicant, who has been farming for 40 years and currently farms approximately 100 hectares of arable crops, wants to erect a poultry unit which would comprise of an agricultural worker’s dwellings and associated infrastructure including six poultry sheds, feed bins, air heat exchangers, a water tank, pump house, a generator, storage barn and associated infrastructure provision and improvements to access to the site from the High Dyke.
Documents before the authority explain that the proposed poultry unit will house up to 45,000 birds per building with 270,000 birds proposed on the site in total. The unit will produce standard birds from the rearing of chicks from a day old to finished ‘table weight’.
The area of the proposed development site is 4.7 acres, located 1.5km to the north east from the centre of Great Ponton, which is currently being used as an agricultural field. It is also part of the wider field network which is bounded by High Dyke to the east and Dallygate Lane to the south.
The site is considered to be the most suitable for a poultry unit given its distance away from residential properties and the surrounding road network providing it with good transport access to the region’s road network.
The report states that the proposed use of the site for a poultry unit will compliment the surrounding land uses and further sustain the rural character by proposing an appropriate agricultural use in an area which is heavily influenced by agricultural development.
The applicant says it will offer local employment opportunities and provide a sustainable form of development.
Find the planning application at www.southkesteven.gov.uk/planning