Biodiversity in Newtown and the Severn Valley threatened again. Please OBJECT!

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Planning Application P/2018/0470. 32,000 Intensive Egg Production Unit. Upper Gwestydd, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3LA.

Now 'called in' to Planning Committee. Please continue to make your views known.

PLEASE OBJECT online at using reference P/2018/0470   

or email:

Please see petition letter for comments on material planning considerations and what to object to.

Biodiversity is the variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems.

Biodiversity forms the foundation of the vast array of ecosystem services that critically contribute to human well-being.

Biodiversity is important in human-managed as well as natural ecosystems.
Decisions humans make that influence biodiversity affect the well-being of themselves and others.

Your support is growing everyday, but so are planning applications for Intensive Livestock Units (ILUs). Right now we have a surge in the pipeline here in Montgomeryshire at a density unmatched in Europe. These factories will have profound negative impact on our landscape, leisure, environment, and biodiversity. Spreading highly toxic chicken manure will pollute our watercourses and biodiversity features, and finally drain into the River Severn with long-term consequences.

These units have a habit of popping up again in modified form. Your continued support will help prevent that happening at Newtown, other areas of the Severn Valley and the UK. Our initial refusal represented one of very few egg factory proposals being turned down  - a real step forward. Sadly an application on this is site is being resubmitted. Although this one is a drop in the ocean compared to over a hundred applications made in Powys since June 2015, your action is requested. Most of these applications receive planning consent but over 30 remain undecided. Factory farming is promoted by our government and permitted by our councils, sometimes against their own guidelines. This is being done in your name and is both a local and national scandal. Help us maintain the pressure on planning departments with your ongoing support and by spreading the word, please OBJECT online at referencing P/2018/0470.

There is also the wider issue of all factory farms in Powys and beyond. Our country is at last waking up to the horrifying reality of factory farming and the suffering caused by bringing your egg and bacon to the table. Something to be proud of? Help us fight factory farming in all forms through your support.

Most ILU planning applications sail straight through because local residents are often blissfully ignorant of their inhumane nature or of how to oppose them.

First and foremost find out how your planning system works, who to contact and what the material planning issues are - your personal dislikes may not come into it. If you don’t know the ropes, then find someone who does - we did that.

Secondly, local issues are paramount, your council may not know about these till you tell them - for instance, a blind corner where accidents happen, a biodiversity feature such as Great Crested Newts or a manured field where local flooding pollutes a watercourse.

Publicity and petitions do encourage local people to object in writing, their views really do count - it is supposed to be their council! OBJECT at referencing P/2018/0470.