Evening clay pigeon shooting impact agreed one day per week

A condition imposed on a planning permission authorising clay pigeon shooting at a Norfolk farm was varied in order to permit up to one evening shoot per week, the impact on a special protection area held to be acceptable.

The condition prevented evening shoots in March and April, the council arguing that during this period night-time lighting could disrupt the foraging behaviours of bats, birds and insects. However, that period lasted until the end of August but the condition only prohibited night-time lighting during the two months, the inspector noted. Evening shoots took place in other months and there was no survey information to suggest that it had harmed any protected species. Since the appellant only sought one shoot per week in the two months which were currently restricted, and with all activity ending at 9pm, no harm would arise, the inspector decided.

Inspector: Nick Palmer; Written representations

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