Planning permission for intensive poultry farm quashed on odour grounds

Judges have voided planning permission for a substantial chicken farm, finding that Shropshire Council did not properly consider odour and dust impacts from the disposal of manure.

The Court of Appeal pronounced judgment on Friday, finding that the High Court had erred in rejecting a claim for judicial review, in a case touching on planning law, environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental permitting.

It was brought by Nicola Squire, a resident of Tasley, near Bridgnorth, 25km west of Wolverhampton. Alongside the Tasley Chicken Factory Farm Action Group, she objected to the proposed erection of an intensive chicken farm in the village. As it would be able to hold 210,000 birds at any one time, it would need an environmental permit to operate.

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