Due to the huge scale and size of the planned intensive poultry units the impact might be felt by all of us in the community and surrounding areas.
The Environment Agency categorises intensive livestock units as industrial installations and the planning system recognises their huge potential impacts on the environment.
An intensive poultry development to house more than 85,000 birds falls under Schedule 1 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011, the same category as a new airport or a nuclear power plant. The application from Frochas Farm is for 150,000 birds per cycle (over one million a year).
The CPRW (The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales) has raised the following issues with government about industrial operations like this and the negative impact they have on:
- Landscape – being so large they are hard often difficult to blend into the countryside
- Air quality – ammonia and poultry dust
- Traffic – vast increase in heavy vehicles to and from the site, day and night
- Water quality – poultry manure and run off can contaminate waterways
The Town Council wrote to Roger Parry & Partners and Powys County Council saying they would be objecting on the following grounds:
a) Concern over the impact the development might have on the landscape and local environment and there needs to be evidence of how this can be mitigated.
b) Concern over health and environmental issues and would suggest that evidence of how these issues can be overcome needs to be part of any planning application.
c) Concern over the increase in traffic movements – an impact assessment on traffic issues needs to be produced.
d) A footpath diversion order will be required.
e) Concern over the views from Llanerchyddol Hall and Llanerchyddol Park towards development – a mitigation report to address these issues will be required to demonstrate the effect and its acceptability.
f) Concern over the water table and how the development might affect this – a study into this is needed to give confidence that the scheme will work.
g) Concern about the effect on plant life – an ecology report will be needed to show how such plant life will be protected.
h) Concern over the impact on the Dingle Nursery – an impact assessment will be needed to ascertain how much any effect might be.
i) Concern over how manure will be disposed of taking into account smells (when it is put on the land) and how it will be disposed of when the land is ‘full’.