The clock is now ticking for local residents, consulting organisations and the concerned public to submit objections to Nocton's 'mega-dairy'.
Time is of the essence
The official plans for the proposed 'mega-dairy' have been published on North Kesteven District Council's website and are now open to comment.
You can submit your objections online right now (until 11 January 2011) or write to:
North Kesteven District Council,
Objections made by post will be uploaded to their website.
Your voice counts
We need your help more than ever to ensure that Nocton Dairies' mega-dairy does not go ahead.
The local council is giving greater consideration to objections which take into account environmental impact and local amenity (i.e. noise, smell, traffic) over those which focus on the ethical issues of factory farming and animal welfare.
To make a real difference, we recommend that your objections include these vital issues as well as animal welfare concerns.
Our website gives good advice for members of the public who wish to object to the planning proposals in a way that has the greatest effect.
Ask your MP to say no to intensive dairies
For those who live outside the area and who don't want to be the next ones to see a factory farm on their doorstep, we encourage you to get your MP involved now by asking him or her to sign EDM 942 in support of our campaign.
Nocton Dairies withdrew its first planning application in part because local objection was so strong. As this is a new application, any comments or objections that were filed in respect of that original application won't count. You can incorporate any parts of your original objection that are still relevant into your new letter.
Even if you have previously objected, you must make a new objection to this new application. We urge you to get your objections in before 11 January 2011.
The council estimate it will take 13 weeks in total to make a decision on the plans.
Compassion will be making a full objection to the new plans which we will post on our website as soon as it is completed.
Pat Thomas, Compassion's Nocton Campaign Manager said:
"After months of speculation and endless delays the campaign against Nocton Dairies is up and running again. We recognise what a major inconvenience it is to ask people to take time out of their busy schedules - especially at this time of year - to object to this planning application. But local involvement is crucial now.
"Hundreds of residents objected to the first Nocton Dairies application and we are hoping for a similar turnout this time around. It is absolutely the key to stopping the construction of an industrial development that will ruin the local environment, spell disaster for animal welfare and open the door for more factory farms in the UK."
Wherever you live, allowing Nocton Dairies' proposal to go ahead will affect you.