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Petition to Cllr Mike Wilcox (Leader of the Council), Lichfield District Council (Jon Allinson, Planning Officer), Barwood Devlopers / Savills, The Planning Inspector

Stop Lichfield District Council and Barwood building 1000 houses on Tamworth's borders.

In February 2016 an application was re-submitted to Lichfield District Council to build 1000 houses on the Arkall Farm site to the north of Ashby Road (B5493) just outside Tamworth. This application was originally submitted in 2014. Since then the application was approved by Lichfield District Council Planning Committee despite protests and evidence from Tamworth Borough Council and hundreds of local residents. Subsequently Tamworth Borough Council filled an appeal to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for an inquiry. This inquiry is now taking place and is seeking public views (See last update below). There are many problems with the proposed development, but in short, if permitted it will: Create unsustainable levels of traffic into Tamworth, creating massive queues and delays for residents. When the Ashby Road has been temporarily blocked during rush hour in the past, it has caused a queue over 3 miles long within minutes. Capacity reports undertaken by all local councils show the Ashby Road cannot take more houses than those already approved. Be a building site for 10 years or more, bringing construction traffic, pollution, delays and a visual eyesore to the area. Cause additional flooding risk to on Syerscote Lane and Tamworth. Forever change the character of the countryside to the North East of Tamworth for those that already live and work there. This development will have a huge impact on Tamworth but the site is in Lichfield, meaning Tamworth residents had no say in the planning decision. The developers are doing surveys and assessments to justify their development, but the decision taken was void of any local democratic representation. This is wrong, local people deserve a say on this important issue. We need a huge public outcry against this proposal so the developers, Lichfield District Council, and now the Planning Inspector, know how unpopular this development is and the impact it will have on local infrastructure. Thank you. Cllr Robert Pritchard

Robert Pritchard
1,456 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Jaala Pulford, Barnaby Joyce, Richard Wynne, Richard Bolt, Emily Phillips

Help secure the future of free-range pig & poultry farming in Victoria

Recently the Victorian Government released their proposed reforms to planning controls for Victoria's animal industries. You can read about these HERE. The proposed planning provisions will intentionally place small-scale pig and poultry farmers in the same group as large-scale intensive farming operations. This will render meat production prohibitive for current and aspiring farmers, which will destroy local, small-scale agriculture and reduce eaters’ choice of pork and poultry to factory-farmed meat only.  The purpose of having land zoned for farming in the planning scheme is to protect farming that is low risk to environment and amenity. Requiring pastured livestock producers to obtain a permit places an unnecessary control that will seriously hinder ethical meat production in Victoria.  The proposed changes to the regulations completely ignore what sets small pastured poultry and pigs farms apart from intensive large-scale meat production in sheds. They do not take into account the effects of regenerative practices many of these farms pride themselves on, such as frequent moves of animals, mobile housing and feed infrastructure, and a focus on maintaining pasture year-round. The proposed changes would: Treat a pastured producer with 500 birds the same as an intensive producer with 500,000 birds in sheds. Treat a pastured pig producer with more than 8 sows the same as an intensive producer with 800 sows in sheds. Allow an existing intensive poultry farm to open a new range for up to 150,000 chickens without any of the restrictions placed on a farmer with 500 chickens. Enforce 100m buffer zones from neighbouring dwellings on pastured poultry farms with up to 450 birds and pastured pig farms with up to about 8 sows – rendering small scale farming on land less than 200m wide practically impossible (To give some perspective, a minimum of 1000 birds and 100 pigs is typical for viable small-scale systems). Allow an intensive cattle feedlot with up to 1000 cattle to be established with no permit. What this means for farmers It means that small-scale farmers will be required to deal with unnecessary, prohibitive and expensive red tape, which may put many farmers out of business. This will have a follow-on impact on local employment opportunities both on farms and in value adding industries. The proposed changes will also discourage new people from entering farming.   What this means for eaters Access to genuine free-range meat will be even harder as small-scale pastured livestock farmers fold under the pressures of an unfair planning scheme, which comes on top of diminishing access to processing facilities. Victoria, the ‘foodie capital of Australia’, could see the collapse of the very farming systems that underpin the delicious and artisanal produce for which our state is famous. What we want We call on Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford and Minister for Planning Richard Wynne to explain why low-risk small-scale pastured pig and poultry farms are to be subjected to greater scrutiny and compliance costs than cattle feedlots. We demand that small-scale pastured pig and poultry farms be treated under the Farming Zone like other low-risk grazing systems that rely on supplemental feed such as the majority of Victorian beef and dairy cattle. Join our social media campaign! Join us in demanding change by sharing a photo of your pastured poultry or pork farm, or of meals created from these farms’ produce, and calling on ministers to support scale-appropriate planning controls that encourage rather than hinder regenerative and ethical farming in Victoria. Share your stories of what these farms mean to you, and your community and family’s health and well being – ask that the ministers help to secure the future of fair food in Victoria. Use the following hashtags #thisisnotintensive #thisisfarming #regenerativeag #pasturedpoultry #pasturedpigs #ethicalchicken #ethicalpork Tag Jaala Pulford MP, Richard Wynne MP, and Barnaby Joyce. See AFSA's media release for more information and please go here to give feedback directly to the Victorian Government. What else can you do? You can also write individual emails to your local member, the responsible ministers, and your mayor.  This petition is a collaboration between: Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance Victorian Farmers Market Association Food Fossickers Friends of the Earth Australia Open Food Network Pasture Raised On Open Fields (PROOF) Rare Breeds Trust of Australia Slow Food Melbourne Slow Food Central Highlands Slow Food Mildura Social Food Project Youth Food Movement Australia

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance
11,244 supporters