Further blow for Foston pig farm
MIDLAND Pig Producers is no closer to obtaining planning permission for a pig farm with integral biogas plant on a 30 acre site at Foston, Derbyshire.
On Tuesday, South Derbyshire District Council upheld its objection to the proposed large scale farm.
It is a stance the council has taken since local residents first objected to the plans in 2009, but the latest snub has pleased the Soil Association which has opposed the plan on the grounds of what it maintains are human health impacts.
Its policy director Peter Melchett said; “We welcome the decision. But almost four years on from the original planning proposal, local residents are still living with uncertainty. Recently, new evidence for negative impacts on human health from large scale livestock systems has been published, with the chief medical officer acknowledging the problems of antibiotic resistance in humans and linking this to intensive livestock farming.
“The solution is not to create huge-scale intensive operations that threaten our landscape, farming and rural communities. Large-scale industrial farms may be able to produce food a little more cheaply in the short term, but we will end up paying a high price for what may be marginally cheaper food,” he claimed.