Powys 'mega dairy' judicial review dismissed

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An animal charity has lost its challenge to a planned 1,000-cow dairy in Powys in the High Court.

The case over the planning decision for the dairy owned by Fraser Jones at Leighton, near Welshpool, was dismissed by a judge who appeared by video link at Welshpool Magistrates' Court.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals had taken ministers, Powys council and Mr Jones to court.

The charity has been told to pay £6,000 in costs.

Planning Minister Carl Sargeant had decided the proposed dairy at Lower Leighton Farm, next to a school, should be allowed to go ahead despite a public inquiry recommending refusal on the grounds it would conflict the area's unitary development plan.

Mr Sargeant had said the economic benefits outweighed other considerations.

But the World Society for the Protection of Animals challenged the decision-making process.

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