Economic benefit of pig unit held to outweigh impact on amenity

A proposal for a pig finishing building and feed silo was granted in open countryside in north Yorkshire on the grounds that it would not cause undue nuisance to nearby residents or local school children.

An inspector stated the main issue to be the effect of the proposed pig finishing building on the amenities of residents and local school children through possible nuisance from noise, odour and flies. He considered that the distance of between 280 and 310 metres from the proposed unit to the nearest receptor dwellings/schools was sufficient despite the 400m distance set out in permitted development tests. The inspector considered that an odour dispersion modelling study which predicted odour concentrations below Enviroment Agency benchmarks was acceptable. Flies could be controlled by underground and sealed slurry tanks and noise disturbance could be controlled by continuously available food. In conclusion, the inspector felt that the proposal would sustain a long standing rural enterprise through diversification and that whilst the strength of public concern was acknowledged, insufficient evidence existed to establish any undue harm to local amenity or living conditions.

Inspector: Anthony Lyman; Written Representations

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