Campaigners vow to keep on fighting

Upton residents are concerned over the potential development on nearby land, which will mean the building of a new pig farm, with upwards of 1,500 pigs.'L to R) Julie Carritt, Andrea Whiteley, Lynn Crossley, Don Crossley, Denise Pallett with son, Daniel.'h7651a205
Upton residents are concerned over the potential development on nearby land, which will mean the building of a new pig farm, with upwards of 1,500 pigs.'L to R) Julie Carritt, Andrea Whiteley, Lynn Crossley, Don Crossley, Denise Pallett with son, Daniel.'h7651a205
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Campaigners have vowed to keep on fighting after plans to build a 1,500-animal pig farm within metres of their homes were given the go ahead by the Planning Inspectorate.

Plans to build three livestock buildings on land just off Beaconfield Road, Upton, were refused by Wakefield Council’s planning committee in September last year.

But Townsend Planning Consultants, acting on behalf of applicant Chris Hopkinson, appealed and planning permission was granted.

Following the decision, Michael Townsend, of Townsend Planning Consultants, told the Express he hoped the farm would be completed by the end of this year.

Don Crossley, 88, of Tower Avenue, said: “Nothing has changed. We will carry on the fight as long as we can.

“It’s a case of everybody having to pull together in the village.”