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Concerns of plans for 16,000 capacity chicken farm

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 22, 2012

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PLANS to build a chicken farm between Cheltenham and Gloucester would create an awful stench, say residents.

An application has been lodged with Tewkesbury Borough Council for a 16,000 capacity free range egg production unit off Withybridge Lane in Staverton.

But people living nearby have already voiced their concerns and said the foul smell of bird droppings would drive down the quality of living.

Jason Clarke, landlord of the House in the Tree, in Withybridge Lane, said it would have a negative impact on the pub.

"We are not all that pleased about it," he said.

"We are only about three fields away from the site of the application and, if the wind is blowing in our direction, it doesn't take much imagination to realise it will smell pretty bad.

"We are a summer pub with outdoor seating and an outdoor children's play area. If these plans go ahead it will certainly have an adverse effect on us."

Mr Clarke said he was also concerned if the plans were approved it could lead to a build-up of traffic in Withybridge Lane.

"It's already quite busy along here," he added. "If this goes ahead we will have all the farm related traffic going along here too, which is far from ideal."

Residents are also concerned about the proposals.

Francesca Gibbons, who lives in the area, said: "I am against these plans as I don't want to live next to a chicken farm.

"I am also concerned a lot of people living around here don't even know about the application.

"It's Christmas time and people are often away. It's important they get a chance to have their say before it's too late."

Gavin and Sarah Olney, of Manor Farm, Uckington, are behind the plans for the 2,200 square metre plot.

The unit, which would be 115 metres long and 18 metres wide, at a height of five metres, would be made of timber.

The application states that "great care" would be taken to manage any odour within the unit, when a ventilation fan to ensure it is kept dry.

A decision on the plans is due to be made by chiefs at Tewkesbury Borough Council by February 19. For more information, go to the planning portal at www.tewkesbury.gov.uk (Ref: 12/01129/FUL).

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  • Bellyflop  |  December 23 2012, 6:34PM

    Why not build it a bit closer to Gloucester, that way the smell would not be a problem as Gloucester stinks already.

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  • darrellglos  |  December 22 2012, 5:35PM

    Please remeber the planning decsion is made by Tewksbury Council which is a long way from Withybridge Lane in Staverton.

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  • GlosGrumpyGit  |  December 22 2012, 2:52PM

    Even free range chickens need shelter at night!

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  • Beekeeper  |  December 22 2012, 2:44PM

    This Premier League video feed is really annoying (though maybe not as bad as 16,000 chickens). Perhaps if we all complain they will stop it like they did with the tacky dating agency adverts. This is a local news site, not football.

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  • Lord_Gaga_  |  December 22 2012, 2:26PM

    16,000 birds...115 metres long and 18 metres wide.... free range?... now my maths isn't very good....but how does this work?

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  • elgoog  |  December 22 2012, 2:05PM

    "An application has been lodged with Tewkesbury Borough Council for a 16,000 capacity free range egg production unit off Withybridge Lane in Staverton. The unit, which would be 115 metres long and 18 metres wide, at a height of five metres, would be made of timber" FREE RANGE ?

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  • GlosGrumpyGit  |  December 22 2012, 1:58PM

    These people want a farming activity on farmland? what ever next? How dare they! Don't they know that the countryside is only there for the benefit of the few people that can afford to own houses in a countryside setting.

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  • TimMessanger  |  December 22 2012, 12:26PM

    Well the residents of the City, Hempsted and Quedgely have had to put up with the stink from Hempsted tip for years and the waste from Staverton ends up where? Maybe they could install wind turbines at Hempsted tip and fit them with razor blades to slice and dice the gulls!

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  • EllJay1  |  December 22 2012, 10:55AM

    Why not put a wind farm there - it certainly wouldn't smell!

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  • Douglasknows  |  December 22 2012, 10:26AM

    Having lived in Newent and Dymock I can tell you that chicken farms do stink.......and so do the dead chickens when they are spread around the fields under the guise of 'household waste'

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