Victory for villagers in pig farm plan protest

Residents have won the battle against a proposed pig farm just off Beaconfield Road, Upton. L-R Lynn Crossley,Dee Pallett,Diane West,Julie Carritt and Don Crossley.
Residents have won the battle against a proposed pig farm just off Beaconfield Road, Upton. L-R Lynn Crossley,Dee Pallett,Diane West,Julie Carritt and Don Crossley.
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VICTORIOUS residents and councillors have won a battle against plans to build a 1,500-animal pig farm.

Plans to construct three livestock buildings housing 1,500 pigs on land just off Beaconfield Road, Upton, were refused at a meeting last Thursday.

The plans had been recommended for approval by planning experts at Wakefield Council.

Julie Carritt, of Beaconfield Road, said: “I am absolutely elated. It’s great news.

“But I honestly thought he had got it. He had done everything everyone asked of him so it’s a real shock.”

Speaking at the meeting Debbie Joyner, of Beacon Hill, told councillors she felt the farm could pose a potential health risk.

She said: “Many people are horrified by this issue. Surely a huge farm of this size should not be located so close to so many homes.”

The plans were submitted by farmer Chris Hopkinson.

An agricultural consultant spoke on his behalf at the planning meeting, which was held at County Hall in Wakefield.

He said: “Whilst there are a large number of objections, they are not really based on anything.”

Coun Allan Garbutt said the application was “thwart with danger.”

Councillors refused to approve the plans on the grounds of traffic impact, the loss of amenity value and the visual impact.

Speaking after the decision Coun Garbutt said: “I thought it was great that we have won but I fear we may have only won the first round.

“I think he will appeal and then it’s up to the Planning Inspectorate.”

Townsend Planning Associates, who acted on behalf of Mr Hopkinson, did not wish to comment.