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2 years ago
I am writing to express my objection to the proposed application for an egg production unit at Upper Gwestydd Cefn Mawr which would house up to 32,000 birds. As well as raising chickens in an intensive, low welfare system (albeit 'free range' - a debatable term due to the chicken-to-pop hole ratio), this unit would pose a pollution risk and have a negative impact on visitors and residents alike who currently enjoy the peace and quiet of the surrounding winding lanes around the proposed site.
32,000 chickens create a lot of waste, odour and noise. When waste from the unit is disposed of either by spraying on to the surrounding fields or transported off site, the local environment could potentially be contaminated by excess nutrients, antibiotic residues and pathogens (including antibiotic-resistant bacteria). This is unacceptable anywhere but particularly in an area popular with walkers and horse riders escaping the noise and traffic of Newton.
Other sensitive receptors close to the unit include tributaries of Bechan brook and I also understand that there are ponds adjoining the planned build site. These and the wildlife within them; which may include protected species such as the great created newt; are all highly likely to be negatively affected by any pollution associated with the unit.
HGV traffic will increase no matter what waste removal option is chosen; alongside those relating to the delivery of food and other essentials required to maintain the site. This obviously increases the risk to the public due to the narrowness of the roads that these vehicles will have to negotiate.
Although not classified as an AONB area, it is still a lovely area. Such a development would set a precedent in an increasingly rare beauty spot which would be a great shame.
I strongly urge you to reject this planning application as it carries serious risks and would have a negative impact on humans, animals and the local environment.
The fact that this is a resubmission reflects the amount of opposition that exists to these exploitative schemes. Please end this one for good.