Scheme for turkey rearing sheds in Llay set for green light


Jonathan Grieve

Plans for turkey rearing sheds that could hold up to 20,000 birds are set for approval.

Wrexham Council’s planning committee is due to hear proposals for the six sheds, as well as utility buildings and access at land off Rackery Lane in Llay when it meets next week.

A report due to go before the committee recommends the development should be given the green light.

If approved, the buildings will accommodate up to 20,000 birds.

The proposal also seeks to provide a new access and access road from Rackery Lane along with associated hardstanding around the proposed site.

The six individual poultry houses are to be linked via a central corridor resulting in a range of buildings 63m wide by 150m long.

More than 50 neighbouring occupiers were notified of the plans as part of a consultation, with just four representations received raising objections.

Among them were concerns regarding animal welfare, noise, smell and increased traffic.

One representation was received in support, citing much-needed jobs and a boost for the economy.

The report due to go before the committee concludes: “There are a number of residential properties located within approximately 200 metres of the proposed footprint of the poultry buildings.

“I’m satisfied the visual impact of the development upon these nearby dwellings will be minimal given the distance involved and will be mitigated by way of additional landscape planting.

“The Public Protection department has ve not raised any concerns with regards noise and odour.

“Traffic levels from delivery collection movements will be minimal and the low staffing levels will mean that vehicular movements are likely to blend into existing traffic passing the site frontage.

“A condition to ensure that any air handling equipment is managed at acceptable levels is recommended.

“The applicant has provided a statement to justify management of the site to prevent adverse odour.

“Again, Public Protection has raised no concerns in this regard and I have no reason to believe that there will be adverse levels of odour from the site.

“I’m satisfied the applicant has provided a reasoned and robust justification for proposing this isolated agricultural building given their specialised processes and locational needs.

“I’m also satisfied the development site strikes a reasonable balance between being sustainably located adjacent to facilities without causing detriment to the neighbouring residential amenity or the visual amenity of the area.“

The meeting to determine the outcome will be held at the Guildhall in Wrexham on Tuesday, starting at 4pm.

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