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Concerns raised over slurry plan at pig farm in Lincolnshire

By Louth Target  |  Posted: September 18, 2012

SNOUT AND ABOUT: Nearby residents are concerned about the smell from the slurry

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A WOMAN living close to a pig farm is starting a petition against a new finishing house which will generate 1.4million litres of slurry in six months.

Jacqueline Brownrigg-Steven from Tumby Woodside is objecting to plans by farmer Nigel Smith who wants to build a pig finishing house at Church House Farm in Tumby Woodside, near Coningsby.

The piggery building will house 1,950 fattening pigs and the slurry from the pigs will go to fertilise crops on two farms in Tumby Woodside, one in New York, Wood Enderby, Carrington and a farm in the Revesby/New Bolingbroke area.

According to the planning documents, the farms should easily give sufficient spreading area for the 1.4 million litres of slurry produced every six months.

Ms Brownnrigg-Steven said: "This pig finishing building will be 110m from the centre of the village. Since seeing the application in the paper, residents are starting to get together to object.

"I feel it will adversely effect the quality of life in this area, particularly for local businesses. I am concerned about the fumes which will be in the air, the effect it will have on local watercourses and the large increase of vehicles to and from the farm."

She claims that there are 22 habited buildings within 400m of the site.

She is also concerned about how the slurry will be stored on site and the smells it could potentially generate.

She hopes more people with object and is starting to get a petition together.

Mr Smith says in the documents submitted to East Lindsey District Council: "The slurry is a valuable source of nutrients for our farms and it will be applied with due consideration of all neighbours and it will lessen the reliance on bought fertilisers which are less environmentally friendly – non organic.

"This will give us a valuable source of Nitrogen Phosphate Potash without needing to access in organic fertilisers were are either produced from oil, natural fats or extracted from the ground."

The farm's new building will be for pigs from 40kg to market weight of 110kg.

Mr Smith had previously applied for an environment impact opinion to ELDC who decided an environment assessment was not required due to the size falling well within guidelines and the development would not result in significant effects on the environment.

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