Egg operation deemed unduly prominent

A free-range egg production unit and associated mobile home have been denied permission on a Staffordshire site because the facility would be unduly large and prominent in the landscape.

Two buildings were proposed at the 13ha farm, each 67m long and 18m wide with shallow pitched roofs. The appellant aimed to set up a 12,000-bird organic free-range egg business. She explained that to qualify as free-range, no part of the land on which birds grazed could be more than 350m from either building. The business also had to operate within a maximum stocking density of 9m2 per bird and a ceiling of 1,000 birds per hectare.

This had meant that the unit had to be sited in the middle of the farm, the appellant maintained. But the inspector noted that the unit would occupy a prominent location just below a ridge in an area of attractive countryside. In his opinion, the landscape was of local importance and the buildings would appear unduly large. Proposals for hedge planting would only partly alleviate this, he held.

DCS Number 100-051-068

Inspector Andrew Pykett; Written representations.

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