Abattoir odour management measures judged effective

A second attempt to secure permission for an abattoir on a former poultry farm in Gloucestershire succeeded when additional technical evidence satisfied an inspector that odour and noise impacts on local residents would be acceptable.

A previous proposal for a similar scheme had been dismissed on appeal due to anticipated odour effects on nearby homes. The council had added concerns about the potential effects of noise in refusing the resubmitted scheme.

On the issue of odour, the inspector agreed with the council that because several dwellings lay within about 100 metres or 200 metres of the abattoir, a high level of odour control was necessary. The appellant had incorporated a range of measures to address specific odour issues identified by the previous inspector, particularly the waste blood and wash water storage tanks and manure trailers. An updated odour assessment and odour management plan satisfied the inspector that with these measures in place the overall odour effects were predicted not to be significant and accorded with the relevant guidance from the Environment Agency and Institute of Air Quality Management.

Subject to conditions concerning monitoring of odour management measures and location of an eleven metre dispersion stack, the inspector was satisfied that odour emissions could be satisfactorily controlled and the issue that led to the previous appeal being dismissed had been overcome. Taking into account the modest size of the abattoir and fallback of a resumption of the seven-shed poultry farm, he also considered noise levels from traffic and operation of machinery acceptable subject to conditions securing hours of operation and sound insulation mitigation measures. Overall, the inspector concluded the scheme would not adversely affect the living conditions of nearby residents and allowed the appeal.

Inspector: Jonathan Tudor; Written representations

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