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.

Readers' comments (3)

  • What is Peter Melchett for? Why doesn't he set up a sustainable, profitable pig unit and show us how to do it? What is his contribution to Gross Domestic Product? I think we should be told.

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  • I am part of the campaign group against this development - I am not a vegatarian nor a tree hugger . I manage a flock of sheep and have strong links with the farming community. I buy outdoor reared pork and support small scale farming - we are fighting this because its too big and too close to human habitation. If this goes ahead , MPP may not need any of its smaller satellite farms , the old fashioned site , and may close them all. What affect will that have on employment and small scale farming . Their smallers suppliers and smaller farms would be mincemeat in the wake of this huge business development .

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  • This unimaginable cruelty must not be allowed to proceed. If it isn't cruel why don't farms like this allow filiming of the full process and let people make their own decision about whether they find it acceptable.

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