Broiler units prejudicial to safe use of country lane

Despite offering to implement a traffic management plan the owner of a farm in Lincolnshire has been unsuccessful in obtaining planning permission for six broiler units due to the severe impact heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) would have on the highway network.

Approximately 45,000 broilers would be housed in each building, with a total of 270,000 birds on site at any one time. Rearing would be based on a 43-day flocking cycle, and the appellant accepted that 94 two-way HGV movements would occur over a three-day period. As a consequence, a management plan was proposed to ensure that drivers followed a specified route to and from the site, with a set time schedule to avoid conflict with other vehicles which were visiting or leaving the site

The road leading to the site carried relatively limited amounts of heavy traffic, the inspector concluded, and the scheme would mean that for 16 days per year there would be an additional 22 HGV movements, with a further 50 movements on another eight days. It was inevitable that the safe and free flow of traffic along the road would be severely affected given its narrow width, lack of footways and lighting, and conflict with other farm vehicles, cyclists, car users and horse-riders. The scheme was also likely to result in damage to the highway verge and the edge of the carriageway. Although the appellant claimed that the farm would be put to more intensive use if the appeal were dismissed, there was little information to support this claim. The inspector dismissed the appeal, concluding that it would have a severe impact on the road network and highway safety.

Inspector: Chris Anstey; Written representations


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