Firm seeks to overturn 25,000-pig farm refusal

The firm behind plans for an industrial farming facility in Derbyshire which could house up to 25,000 pigs is appealing a decision to refuse it an environmental permit earlier this year.

Pigs: facility could house 25,000
Pigs: facility could house 25,000

Staffordshire-based Midland Pig Producers (MPP) is appealing the Environment Agency’s decision to refuse its application for the development near Foston Prison.

The agency rejected the proposal in February, saying it would result in "significant pollution of the environment due to odour".

Now MPP has confirmed its intention to take the case to the Planning Inspectorate.

A separate planning application for the farm was submitted to Derbyshire County Council in 2011 but withdrawn shortly after the Environment Agency decision.

The company said on its website that the 12-hectare development would include an integral biogas plant to generate renewable energy.

MPP described the plans as "potentially one of the most exciting developments in farming for many years, already hailed as the next agricultural revolution".

But more than 30,000 people signed an online petition against the proposal.

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