Farmer applies to house 128,000 chickens in new buildings at Low Dinsdale, near Darlington

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to stop controversial plans to build sheds housing 128,000 chickens at a beauty spot.

Owners of Manor Farm, in Low Dinsdale, near Darlington, have applied to erect three broiler units in fields next to the village.

The sheds, measuring 104m by 25m, would each house 42,666 birds and be built next to the farm’s existing four sheds, which currently produce about one million chickens every year.

The Low Dinsdale Group, made up of residents from the village and surrounding area, has criticised the plans, claiming they are forced to close windows and cannot hang out washing due to the appalling smells emanating from the sheds.

However, the farm owners have said the sheds will have no impact on the environment or residents’ quality of life.

Dr Paul Weightman, who lives just metres from the current units, is leading the action group, and said he believed the ammonia produced from them was already damaging the health of residents.

He said: “The footprint of the proposal is huge, and we want to stop this proposed doubling of production for the sake of the countryside, the health of residents, and those who pass close by on the road and the Teesdale Way.

“Nothing can be done to shield us from the noxious odours and more critically the avian viruses and huge quantities of ammonia that threaten man, woman and child as well as watercourses, plants, trees, birds and insects.”

However, a report from Ian Pick, on behalf of the farm’s owners, denied the development would harm the environment.

It said: “The development is consistent with the local area’s character and will not cause any unacceptable environmental impacts.

“It will cause a negligible impact in terms of noise and will not exceed the Environment Agency odour threshold.

“The site is beyond the distance where dust problems can occur, and ammonia and nitrogen assessments demonstrate the proposal is acceptable in terms of impact on a site of nature conservation importance.”

The deadline for objections to the application is Saturday, November 25.

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1:24pm Sun 18 Nov 12

always right says...

If its already a chicken shack,,well whats the problem ?,smells already there !. I see no reason whatsoever why there should be any opposition to this expansion,,Applicati
on granted. Now crack on with them chicken huts.
If its already a chicken shack,,well whats the problem ?,smells already there !. I see no reason whatsoever why there should be any opposition to this expansion,,Applicati on granted. Now crack on with them chicken huts. always right

11:51pm Sun 18 Nov 12

chickenodour says...

I live with my family very close to a broiler farm in Derbyshire. the farm failed the EU directive on PM10 emissions 3 years ago, it was declared an AQMA which was subsequently lifted by various devious actions! The smells are atrocious and the council/environment agency seem powerless to do anything. These farms should be sited well away from any residential units. once the unit has been built you will find it impossible to do anything about it - its all about money!!
I live with my family very close to a broiler farm in Derbyshire. the farm failed the EU directive on PM10 emissions 3 years ago, it was declared an AQMA which was subsequently lifted by various devious actions! The smells are atrocious and the council/environment agency seem powerless to do anything. These farms should be sited well away from any residential units. once the unit has been built you will find it impossible to do anything about it - its all about money!! chickenodour

1:30pm Mon 19 Nov 12

hogworth says...

Well of course it's about money, farming is a business and a business is supposed to make money! Do those complaining refuse to eat eggs in case the smells may affect people living near hen houses elsewhere?
Well of course it's about money, farming is a business and a business is supposed to make money! Do those complaining refuse to eat eggs in case the smells may affect people living near hen houses elsewhere? hogworth

6:26pm Wed 21 Nov 12

dinsdaleactiongroup says...

check out the evidence, see blog below; the Manor farm report and Environemental study has come under academic criticism. It has missed out many facts and only takes in the farm not the lansdcape andsurrounding area including St John the Baptist Church. The Broiler complex will effect the Teesdale Way (ramblers beware) and will affect a protected landscape, village community and area of natural beauty on the river Tees.

the dinsdale action group

low dinsdale

thedinsdaleactiongro
up@gmail.com
http://lowdinsdaleac
tiongroup.blogspot.c
o.uk/

http://twitter.com/D
insdaleAction
check out the evidence, see blog below; the Manor farm report and Environemental study has come under academic criticism. It has missed out many facts and only takes in the farm not the lansdcape andsurrounding area including St John the Baptist Church. The Broiler complex will effect the Teesdale Way (ramblers beware) and will affect a protected landscape, village community and area of natural beauty on the river Tees. the dinsdale action group low dinsdale thedinsdaleactiongro up@gmail.com http://lowdinsdaleac tiongroup.blogspot.c o.uk/ http://twitter.com/D insdaleAction dinsdaleactiongroup

6:26pm Wed 21 Nov 12

dinsdaleactiongroup says...

check out the evidence, see blog below; the Manor farm report and Environemental study has come under academic criticism. It has missed out many facts and only takes in the farm not the lansdcape andsurrounding area including St John the Baptist Church. The Broiler complex will effect the Teesdale Way (ramblers beware) and will affect a protected landscape, village community and area of natural beauty on the river Tees.

the dinsdale action group

low dinsdale

thedinsdaleactiongro
up@gmail.com
http://lowdinsdaleac
tiongroup.blogspot.c
o.uk/

http://twitter.com/D
insdaleAction
check out the evidence, see blog below; the Manor farm report and Environemental study has come under academic criticism. It has missed out many facts and only takes in the farm not the lansdcape andsurrounding area including St John the Baptist Church. The Broiler complex will effect the Teesdale Way (ramblers beware) and will affect a protected landscape, village community and area of natural beauty on the river Tees. the dinsdale action group low dinsdale thedinsdaleactiongro up@gmail.com http://lowdinsdaleac tiongroup.blogspot.c o.uk/ http://twitter.com/D insdaleAction dinsdaleactiongroup

1:55am Thu 22 Nov 12

jean thornley says...

May i add my voice to this whole situation,no body seems to care about the poor birds in all this ,crammed by the thousands in these death sheds,deformed by overcrowding,it is disgusting and very very cruel
May i add my voice to this whole situation,no body seems to care about the poor birds in all this ,crammed by the thousands in these death sheds,deformed by overcrowding,it is disgusting and very very cruel jean thornley

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