Controversial plan to create a 1,000 pig farm in South Yorkshire village will be revisited after site visit



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Plaintiff Richard Lodge wishes to erect a barn for a pig fattening unit alongside the associated infrastructure at Toecroft Farm near Toecroft Lane in Sprotbrough.

But the plans met with mass opposition with more than 470 objections from locals including Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband, charities and animal welfare organizations.

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One of three petitions against the plans, set up by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), was signed by 22,000 people while another on change.org had more than 3,000 signatures.

Reasons given by residents of the Sprotbrough area as to why they were against the plans included odors, traffic problems and an increase in vermin and flies.

A number of people have also raised concerns about the intense agricultural practice and its impact on the environment.

But council bosses said they “had no clear evidence” to justify whether the proposed unit would have a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions.

If approved, the building will accommodate 996 pigs weighing 40 kg to a finished weight of 110 kg. The site is fully enclosed, with pigs inside at all times.

The unit will provide housing for the pigs on a fully slatted slurry-based system, in which the slurry is emptied twice a year. The manure will mainly be used as a fertilizer for the existing fields.

The larger proposal includes the construction of two feed silos, a rainwater collection tank; plant storage room and concrete loading area.

The request will be heard on Tuesday, June 29 at 2 p.m. at the Municipal Office.

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