Residents in North Warwickshire have won their campaign to block the planned chicken broiler development.

An application had been received to develop land off Nuneaton Road in Mancetter. The application was for a huge broiler unit that would have housed over 40,000 birds. 

The application has been with the Borough Council for over a year but now a decision has finally been made with members of the Council’s Planning and Development Board rejecting the application.

Cllr Ray Sweet, Labour’s Planning Spokesperson said:

“This is great news for local residents. This was an inappropriate application; it would have caused great distress to local people. I’m delighted that the Board rejected the application.”

The County Councillor for the area, Chris Clark said: 

“Residents have been fighting against this campaign for over a year. It’s been a long hard slog but local people power has won on this occasion. The development was inappropriate not only because of its proximity to residential areas but also because the site itself had questionable attributes. It’s recently flooded, would involve putting extra traffic on nearby country roads and there has been very little reassurance that the smells, dust and pollution it causes could be effectively controlled.” 

Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;

“This was the right decision for local residents but just as importantly, it was the right decision in terms of planning policy. This application failed to meet the criteria set out in the North Warwickshire Core Strategy and that means it failed to meet the needs of local people. This was an application with many risks but with no benefits for our community. I’m delighted the application was refused.”

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