Residents object to pig farm plan

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Controversial plans for a pig farm in Elmsett near Hadleigh were being considered by councillors this week.

Two agricultural buildings for around 2,000 pigs on land north of Elmsett Hall Farm in Offton Road have been criticised by three parish councils and 30 residents.

The application was being considered by Babergh District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

Suffolk County Council objected on highway safety grounds saying lorries could not use Offton Road because it is too narrow.

However, it withdrew its objection after the applicant agreed to route all lorry deliveries from the south, via Elmsett and the A1071.

A maximum of 1,990 pig places are included for the two buildings, with piglets reared over a period of five months.

The committee was told the Elmsett Hall Farm, which occupies more than 740 acres, had applied to diversify its business with pig rearing. Pig manure is to be used as fertiliser on the farm’s arable land.

Strong objection to the plans were received from Hintlesham Parish Council which said there could be a “significant and detrimental” effect on residents due to the large volume of lorry traffic. Two other parish councils objected.

No objections were received from Elmsett Parish Council which said the applicant had informed it that all lorry traffic would be routed via Elmsett village and not use Offton Road from Somersham.

A total of 56 letters of objection were received citing concerns over traffic and road safety, rats, noise, odour and possible contamination of watercourses.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust said: “Given the potential ecological impacts which could arise if waste material reached the watercourse, it is essential measures are implemented in accordance with Environment Agency requirements.”