Lincolnshire

Nocton super dairy plans go on public display

Herd of dairy cows
Image caption The company behind the super dairy has halved the number of animals to be kept there

Plans for a controversial super dairy in Lincolnshire have gone on display to members of the public.

The facility at Nocton had originally been for 8,100 animals to be kept indoors, producing 220,000 litres (387,000 pints) of milk a day.

But opposition from residents and animal rights campaigners led to the plans being withdrawn in April.

Now Nocton Dairies Limited has said the revised proposal will provide facilities for 3,770 dairy cows.

Formal consultation

The plans will be displayed at the North Kesteven District Council offices in Sleaford on Monday.

Further exhibitions will be held at Nocton Village Hall on 21 December and Metheringham Village Hall on 6 January.

They form part of a consultation period which will end next month.

The planning application will then be considered by planning officers in March 2011, the council said.

If planning permission was granted, the facility would become the largest dairy farm in the UK.

A spokesman for North Kesteven District Council said: "We are aware that there will be a lot of interest in this application, which is why the measures are being taken to hold information events, make it available on the planning online website and facilitate access to the documents at the local offices.

"We hope that this ensures everyone, who wishes to, has the opportunity to view, consider and comment on the proposals through the formal consultation process."

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