for a so-called super dairy close to a village in Lincolnshire have been
dropped after opposition from residents in the area.
the firm that wanted to put almost 3,000 cows at South Witham near Grantham,
said it had decided to withdraw the plan.
statement, the company said the scale of the plan was not "acceptable
to people in the village". Martin Wilkins, of the parish council,
said people were pleased with the news. In their statement, Velmur said:
"The directors of Velmur and their advisers have, following their
meeting with the South Witham Parish Council and the open meeting, reflected
on comments raised at the meeting and the reaction of the village."
The firm said it considered that the case "for more intensive dairying"
remains in the UK and added they thought the scheme could have met
anticipated concerns of the village. But the document continues: "Velmur
had from the outset agreed to consult and listen to the views of the village.
the site and measures for slurry disposal could have minimised the impact
of the scheme.
"The proximity of the site to the village however would not be acceptable
to the village in the circumstances.
"The directors have agreed that they will not be taking forward a planning
application for this site".
Parish council chairman Mr Witham said: "We're very pleased and the
word is going around the village very quickly.
"But there is also a note of caution in as much as are they going to
come back with a proposal somewhere else?
"Things are changing and possibly more intensive farming like this
will be the future.
"However, what we're very concerned about is that at present there
are no rules and regulations which govern factory farming for cows."
proposals for a "super dairy" farm at Nocton, near Grantham, which
would have been the largest in the UK, were withdrawn. Nocton Dairies Ltd
had submitted plans to North Kesteven District Council for an 8,100-cow
dairy. But they decided they wanted want more time to address technical
issues in the proposals but intended to submit another application.