Holdingham chicken farm plans rejected by council

Image caption The firm wanted to build 16 units with enough capacity to hold more than 500,000 birds

Plans for a large-scale chicken farm in Lincolnshire have been rejected by the district council over concerns about its size and visual impact.

Councillors at North Kesteven District Council voted against the 500,000-bird farm near Holdingham.

More than 600 people had objected to the farm, which would have been run by FKB Ltd.

An FKB spokesman argued new technology would prevent the odour from escaping.

Councillor Pat Woodman said: "We all felt it was in the wrong place - we are not against the chicken development - nor the developers, but it is too close to Lessingham and Holdingham."

Oliver Grundy, from JHG planning consultants, which represented FKB, said there was "no evidence to suggest that the poultry farm scheme will have any significant adverse impact upon local air quality, residential amenity or highway safety".

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