Liquid fertilizer lagoon supported at farm with mitigation

The completion a lagoon at a Staffordshire farm was allowed with conditions being imposed controlling the number of lorry movements required to complete and operate it.

The lagoon would have a capacity of 3,000m3 and be lined with imported clay. The lorry movements through a local village would cause some noise and disturbance to local residents the inspector acknowledged but a construction vehicle management plan could be designed to avoid vehicles passing near to a school and at unsociable hours. The frequency of deliveries, route and instructions to drivers could also be stipulated the inspector held.

Odours from the use of the fertiliser had caused a problem over the past two years harming local residents, local businesses and the community as a whole. Nonetheless there was no reason to believe that the lagoon would increase the amount of liquid fertiliser used. A lagoon would make it easier for the operator of the farm to decide exactly when to spread and not be determined when tankers delivered it to the site. The use of permanent clay balls would create a crust which would reduce odours and maintain a minimum depth of concentrate in the lagoon which could be secured by conditions.

Inspector: William Fieldhouse; Written representations

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