In 2017, Bedfordia Ltd submitted a planning application to build a huge intensive chicken farm in Rushden, Northamptonshire, UK. The farm would have annually housed 5 million birds in 10 sheds.
Following incredible efforts from local campaigners, and a host of objections from Compassion supporters, the application was withdrawn. However, the company have now submitted a new proposal for a farm comprising 6 sheds. It would hold 314,000 birds at any one time – that’s almost 2.5 million animals every year. Please object to this factory farm today.
- You can see the planning application itself here
- You can object online (log in or register here), by email or by post. Full details are here.
- The quickest way to object is to email firstname.lastname@example.org remembering to quote reference 18/01284/FUL
- The deadline for objections is 8th August (10th August for immediate neighbours), so please object today.
Countless reports show the detrimental impacts of factory farming on animal welfare, human health, rural livelihoods and the environment. Approval of this farm would be a clear choice by East Northamptonshire Council that they support and promote the spread of factory farming in the UK.
In your objection you might like to mention the scale of the farm, ammonia released by decomposing chicken manure and potential local environmental pollution. Chicken welfare is sadly not a planning criteria, but please do mention your welfare concerns.
You can see Compassion’s own objection letter here.
Please spread the word amongst your local community, family and friends and encourage them to send in their own objections to this application. It’s vital that councillors understand how strongly local people feel about factory farming invading their towns and countryside.
You can learn more about the spread of factory farming in the UK by looking at our groundbreaking map.