What a poultry farm’s quashed planning permission could mean for future EIAs

The brakes are being put on the expansion of intensive livestock farms by a legal ruling on dust and odour that is making their environmental impact assessment more challenging, reports Gareth Simkins.

The Court of Appeal’s decision to quash planning permission for an intensive chicken farm in Shropshire may reverberate further around the country.

Its judgment, made in May, said that Shropshire Council should not have found that the site’s environmental impact assessment was conducted appropriately. Though a common agricultural practice, it neglected to consider odour and dust from the spreading of manure beyond the farm boundary.

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