Intensive Poultry Units

IPUs Flood Powys and Mid-Wales

The CPRW along with other governmental organisations and groups such as; Radnorshire Wildlife Trust, Plantlife, the Woodland Trust, Countryside Restoration Trust, Campaign for the Protection of Welsh Fisheries, the Angling Trust/Fish Legal are seriously concerned about the rapid expansion and over development of IPUs across Powys.

Intensive Poultry Units

What are IPUs?

IPUs (intensive poultry units) are giant scale industrial size steel sheds, typically around 100 metres long by 20 metres wide, with accompanying hard standing, silos and supporting infrastructure, and because of this are usually hard to blend into the countryside. The environment agency categorises intensive livestock units as industrial installations and this includes IPUs.

Plans for 150,000-bird chicken farm near Welshpool rejected
Press Coverage

Powys County Times: Plans for 150,000-bird chicken farm near Welshpool rejected

Powys deserves its title of Wales’ poultry capital

The Guardian: Life in the ‘poultry capital’ of Wales

County Times: Council “strongly objects” to chicken farm

Shropshire Star - Concerns over Welshpool chicken farm

Shropshire Star: Concerns over Welshpool chicken farm


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  • The planning officer, Tamsin Law, published her report for the Frochas IPU, 19/0938/FUL. Many independent bodies have reviewed the planning officer’s appraisal and have been disappointed by its recommendations and findings. 

  • The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales has sent out the following update and press release to it’s supporters and media highlighting the prolific spread and continuing planning approvals of chicken factories across the county of Powys and the devastating environmental impacts of intensive poultry units (IPUs). “This is the 5th anniversary of our regularly updated list of Planning Applications for Intensive Poultry Units to Powys County Council.

  • Cross Britain Way, which is part of Macmillan Ways Association, have shared their objection to the proposed IPU application in Frochas with us, which they submitted to Powys County Council Planning recently. Below is the objection letter that they put forward: “My interest in the proposed IPU site is that I created Cross Britain Way (CBW), the first coast to coast long distance footpath which combines England and Wales and is a Macmillan Way which raises funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. CBW includes the right of way that runs across the site towards Frochas Farm on the lane at the top.

  • Open Letter – Powys County Council’s strategic oversight concerning the overall number and continual approval of Intensive Poultry and Factory Farms.

  • Open Letter to the UK Government, National Assembly for Wales, Public Health Wales, DEFRA, NHS, bodies and officials, councils and the media. Are intensive poultry units (IPUs) the next public health scandal and how long can the government and councils underestimate the threat of ammonia from IPUs as it becomes the next silent killer?