Poultry unit odour and noise impact close to dwellings

Despite claiming that a poultry unit in Lancashire would not adversely affect local residents an appellant has been unable to convince an inspector that noise and odours were capable of being adequately controlled.

The building’s design would include a series of fans for regulating the internal temperature but the noise and odour reports suggested that they would not be greatly used, the inspector recorded. Manure would be removed twice a week and there was little information on the impact of odours from such activities. Odours could also escape when the fans were working, particularly in the summer months and since the prevailing winds would blow any smells towards dwellings and two restaurants there was potential for harm to arise. Noise from the fans, the feed augurs and egg conveyor belt could also harm the amenity of local residents, the inspector also concluding that insufficient information had been provided by the appellant on this matter.

Inspector: Richard Clegg; Written representations

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