Hungarton Parish Council

Serving the people of Hungarton

Hungarton Road Sign

Clerk: Andrew May
Hill Rise, Barley Leas
Hungarton, Leicestershire

Tel: 0116 259 5304


Dear residents of Hungarton,

The PC has had notification of a new application from AH Pick & Sons for Poultry Units and an Anaerobic Digestion Facility (See above attachment)

Clearly the PC hasn't had a chance to discuss this yet or to review the application documents fully but given the very short timescale within which to respond - before July 15 - we thought it would be worth informing residents now.

The PC and around 40 residents sent in objections in 2015 when the previous application was submitted. It was approved, but has now expired. We can provide further detailed documents on request. Key points from 2015 were:

Access and highway safety

A 7.5 ton weight restriction on local roads (for good reason), narrow lanes, soft verges, bridges, no suitable routes to M1 etc. (Chickens would have to be transported to Brackley, Northamptonshire). Used by walkers, cyclists, horse riders as well as by local traffic. A total of over 2,000 traffic movements per year is mentioned but basis of calculation seems to be flawed, in which case this is an underestimate.

Landscape and visual impact

Huge industrial sized unit, visually intrusive, not a suitable development for this locality, in Rural High Leicestershire.

Air QualityApplication does not adequately assess this potential problem including odour and dust (feathers, micro organisms, moulds and gases), which can travel up to 30 miles on the wind and be detrimental to human health. Hungarton is downwind from the proposed site.

Noise: More intrusive in such a quiet area. (Fans, ventilation flaps, vehicles etc)

The National Planning Policy Framework states that, with respect to noise, planning policies and decisions should aim to: "Identify and protect areas of tranquility which have remained relatively undisturbed by noise and are prized for their recreational and amenity value for this reason"

Flies and Drainage: Flies are huge problem with broiler units, and when the digestate is spread on fields.

EcologyNot mentioned, but despite the Principal Ecologist's report that 'there are no protected species or evidence of such, or significant habitats' – in fact there are owls, buzzards, red kites, hares etc in the area. Owls, particularly, would be affected by night time traffic.

Additional Information

Policy EV/41 in the Charnwood Local Plan 2004 states that;

"Planning permission will be granted for development for renewable energy schemes provided:

i)the proposal would not have an adverse effect on the character or appearance of the locality;

ii) there would be no adverse impact on adjoining land-uses or residential amenity;

iii) features of natural, cultural, historical and archaeological interests would be safeguarded;

iv) the proposal would not result in unacceptable levels of vehicular traffic on minor roads."

Recent events:

We are also aware of the untidy site we have all witnessed over the last 5 years; the large shreds of plastic in the hedges and fields and the lumps of mud occasionally left all over the road.

We are also aware that the County Council has had to act to get Mr Pick to remove a large combined heat and power unit associated with the proposal which was situated on a part of the site with no planning consent.

Further detail on this application is on the link below.

Andy May
Clerk to Hungarton Parish Council

From: Planning Control
Date: 24 June 2020 at 14:19:23 BST
To: Hungarton Parish Council
Subject: Planning Application at Manor Farm, Hungarton Lane, Beeby, LE7 3BJPlanning Reference 2020/CM/0042/LCC

Posted: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 12:08 by Andrew May

Tags: Planning