Residents slam plans for chicken rearing buildings in Knapton Green

A PROPOSAL to build six chicken rearing buildings near Canon Pyon has not gone down well with villagers.

James Verdin has submitted plans to house the units - each almost 100 metres long and 20 metres wide - on land at Knapton Green.

The use of the buildings, Mr Verdin says, is for the rearing of broilers.

If permission is approved, each unit would house up to 40,000 broilers - bringing the total number up to 240,000 for the whole site.

Susan Seaman, who lives opposite the land, said: "I have lived here for 44 years and, while I am used to agricultural smells, such an enormous development, completely out of keeping with an area in which residential development is banned, should not be locally acceptable, especially when the chicken units are mucked out.

"The proposal is nothing short of an industrial scale complex ."

A total of 49 objections were submitted to Herefordshire Council, including one from Birley with Upper Hill Parish Council.

Michael Hopkins, clerk to the council, said that the scheme will have an adverse affect on the surrounding area.

"The land has standing water during periods of heavy rain, which eventually soaks into the ground," he added.

"If this and other water from the site channelled into Honey Lake Brook, it will no doubt exacerbate the flooding problem on the A4110 and on some of the houses in Knapton Green."

Mr Hopkins added that the Parish Council was not convinced that the attenuation ponds would resolve the problem.

No date has been set yet for when the application will go before Herefordshire Council's planning committee.

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10:51am Sun 16 Feb 14

AylestoneVoice says...

I think you had better review the dimensions you have set out in the report
That said - more nimbyism
I think you had better review the dimensions you have set out in the report That said - more nimbyism AylestoneVoice

2:56pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

This is great for local employment.
This is great for local employment. Mr.Herefordian

8:52pm Sun 16 Feb 14

ginge1280 says...

20 metres tall. Having a penthouse on the top aswell are they.
20 metres tall. Having a penthouse on the top aswell are they. ginge1280

8:56pm Sun 16 Feb 14

KingoftheTon says...

So AylestoneVoice, would you like these to be built in your back yard? The Herefordshire countryside is littered with broiler units. These units are 24 hour per day operations with chicks & feed arriving, birds leaving and sheds being cleaned - I would imagine that anyone who decided to buy a property in/near Knapton probably didn't want industrial noise & traffic 24/7.
Mr Herefordian, broiler units don't provide full time jobs for locals, they provide extra cash for sub-contractors. Many broiler units only employ a manager - hardly of great benefit.
So AylestoneVoice, would you like these to be built in your back yard? The Herefordshire countryside is littered with broiler units. These units are 24 hour per day operations with chicks & feed arriving, birds leaving and sheds being cleaned - I would imagine that anyone who decided to buy a property in/near Knapton probably didn't want industrial noise & traffic 24/7. Mr Herefordian, broiler units don't provide full time jobs for locals, they provide extra cash for sub-contractors. Many broiler units only employ a manager - hardly of great benefit. KingoftheTon

8:04am Mon 17 Feb 14

Simon Brown says...

As they have no connection whatever with farming as we know it these units could conceivably be built in Aylestone, or on the under-occupied Rotherwas industrial zone. How about it Aylestone voice? Think about all those jobs for your patch. There is no real smell, no increase in traffic, property prices are not affected and it's all round good news. Have it in your own back yard, you preposterous bigot.
As they have no connection whatever with farming as we know it these units could conceivably be built in Aylestone, or on the under-occupied Rotherwas industrial zone. How about it Aylestone voice? Think about all those jobs for your patch. There is no real smell, no increase in traffic, property prices are not affected and it's all round good news. Have it in your own back yard, you preposterous bigot. Simon Brown

11:23am Mon 17 Feb 14

Clarkester says...

Twenty metres high?
Is that for real? That's 65+ feet!
Your average house is only about 8 metres tall, no wonder people are complaining!!
Twenty metres high? Is that for real? That's 65+ feet! Your average house is only about 8 metres tall, no wonder people are complaining!! Clarkester

2:53pm Mon 17 Feb 14

mizza21 says...

Aylestone Voice, yet again your charm has won over a few more people.
Broiler units are a blight. They look monstrous and they ming when they're cleaned out, as well as the extra traffic generated.
Aylestone Voice, yet again your charm has won over a few more people. Broiler units are a blight. They look monstrous and they ming when they're cleaned out, as well as the extra traffic generated. mizza21

3:09pm Mon 17 Feb 14

redyoll says...

But for all that I would only eat British chicken and chicken is now the most popular meat. Farmers are being continually encouraged to diversify and their are now many mouths to feed in this country. If it is not people complaining about tractors and mud on roads it is going to be people complaining about the pong of chicken houses. Herefordshire is predominantly an agricultural county and farmers are into farming to make money - fact.
But for all that I would only eat British chicken and chicken is now the most popular meat. Farmers are being continually encouraged to diversify and their are now many mouths to feed in this country. If it is not people complaining about tractors and mud on roads it is going to be people complaining about the pong of chicken houses. Herefordshire is predominantly an agricultural county and farmers are into farming to make money - fact. redyoll

3:51pm Mon 17 Feb 14

lynnesarnold says...

The 6 units will each be 5.5m tall not 20m - but they sit on concrete hard -standing and the rainwater running off this and the huge area of roof will not likely be contained by the collection ponds proposed as the site is already waterlogged so will cause flooding of the A4110 and homes in Knapton.
Also there will be a huge increase in traffic on the day the birds are taken to slaughter 240,000 birds about every 42 day. This will cause 68 extra movements of HGVs on 1 day. These will travel on A4110 through Knapton,Canon Pyon, Portway which already have road safety issues due to narrowness, school bus stops. Alternatively they'll go via Monkland and Leominster to A49 adding to traffic problems there.
All this for cheap chicken and only 2 full time jobs!
Perhaps you'd not be so keen either if you had to contend with this.
The 6 units will each be 5.5m tall not 20m - but they sit on concrete hard -standing and the rainwater running off this and the huge area of roof will not likely be contained by the collection ponds proposed as the site is already waterlogged so will cause flooding of the A4110 and homes in Knapton. Also there will be a huge increase in traffic on the day the birds are taken to slaughter 240,000 birds about every 42 day. This will cause 68 extra movements of HGVs on 1 day. These will travel on A4110 through Knapton,Canon Pyon, Portway which already have road safety issues due to narrowness, school bus stops. Alternatively they'll go via Monkland and Leominster to A49 adding to traffic problems there. All this for cheap chicken and only 2 full time jobs! Perhaps you'd not be so keen either if you had to contend with this. lynnesarnold

5:18pm Mon 17 Feb 14

redyoll says...

Actually lynnesarnold one unit of 4 houses has just been constructed about a mile from where I live. I am pretty sure the farmer did not receive one letter of objection. It is a rural village and farmers do what farmers do. There is another unit half a mile away and another unit 2 miles away. I notice the smell on some days but it is not permanent . As for the traffic the village and surrounding areas only has B/C and unclassified roads and I can say I have never even found the HGV's to be a problem I don't even notice them. What would you have the farmer do with his land at least it is going into food production. He is not selling the family silver and having houses built on the land. Perhaps one of the residents of Knapton Green could explain to me why residential development. is banned. Consider yourselves very fortunate.
Actually lynnesarnold one unit of 4 houses has just been constructed about a mile from where I live. I am pretty sure the farmer did not receive one letter of objection. It is a rural village and farmers do what farmers do. There is another unit half a mile away and another unit 2 miles away. I notice the smell on some days but it is not permanent . As for the traffic the village and surrounding areas only has B/C and unclassified roads and I can say I have never even found the HGV's to be a problem I don't even notice them. What would you have the farmer do with his land at least it is going into food production. He is not selling the family silver and having houses built on the land. Perhaps one of the residents of Knapton Green could explain to me why residential development. is banned. Consider yourselves very fortunate. redyoll

10:09am Tue 18 Feb 14

lynnesarnold says...

Presumably redyoll, residential development may be banned in Knapton due to previous flooding and because the land is for farming and food production but previously not on such an industrial scale as this development.
Presumably redyoll, residential development may be banned in Knapton due to previous flooding and because the land is for farming and food production but previously not on such an industrial scale as this development. lynnesarnold

9:59am Thu 20 Feb 14

redyoll says...

Many greenfields are being built on throughout the country and some that are prone to flooding. All fields can be used for food production and I think you will find those 2 reasons are not classed as material planning considerations.
Many greenfields are being built on throughout the country and some that are prone to flooding. All fields can be used for food production and I think you will find those 2 reasons are not classed as material planning considerations. redyoll

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