Plea to reject Fylde chicken farm plan

Fylde town hall at  St Annes
Fylde town hall at St Annes
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Campaigners were today urging Fylde Council to reject an application that may see a chicken farm double in size.

The animal rights group Animal Aid is calling on Fylde councillors on the development management committee to reject controversial proposals to expand a chicken factory farm near Wesham.

More than 4,000 objections have been lodged via Animal Aid’s website. However, planning officers dealing with the bid have recommended a green light be given to the extension at Swarbrick Hall Farm on Singleton Road.

National animal protection group Animal Aid said the industrial farm, if allowed to expand, would cause up to 105,000 more birds to suffer in close confinement.

It also pointed out that the application could lower the quality of life for the nearby community, with an additional 900 tonnes of manure being produced each year which could result in offensive smells.

Isobel Hutchinson from Animal Aid said: “Aside from causing a great deal of animal suffering, it is clear that these plans to expand a chicken factory farm could have a significant impact on local quality of life. It is likely to produce pungent smells. Animal Aid urges Fylde Council to listen to the 4,000 objections and reject this proposal.’