There have been two important articles in the Guardian newspaper recently and also in from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism about the failing of the U.K. Government to deal with serious air pollutant – agricultural ammonia. This is applicable to this case as the potential development is situated in a nitrate vulnerable zone. Please click through below to read the article.
The Betton and Norton Action Group are calling for an Environmental Impact Assessment to assess the impact of dust and odour pollution on residents from excrement spreading. This follows the recent Court of Appeal ruling in the Tasley Brook case in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.
In light of this case BAN Action Group are stating that Industrial Planning Application 19/01154/FUL, which would be located in a nitrate vulnerable zone as well as a drinking water safe guarded zone, has not been adequately assessed for toxic dust and odour emissions, which pose serious health risks to both local residents, the community at large and protected wildlife species.
In the recent Tasley case, The Court of Appeal confirmed that the fields where the storage and spreading of manure will take place have to be identified; the potential dust and odour impacts modelled and an assessment made of the likely significant effects on the environment and on nearby residents. Read here.
The controversial development has received so far: over 550 local objections to the Shropshire Council Planning Portal, and online petitions of over 55,000 signatures, including concerns and objections raised by the Norton-In-Hales Parish Council, The Loggerheads Parish Council, Chair of the British Association for Free Range Eggs, The Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) Shropshire, CPRE Staffordshire, The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), The Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Staffordshire Mammal Group, The Shropshire Badger Group, The Shropshire Barn Owl Group, The UK Wild Otter Trust, The Otter Advisory Board, The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Shropshire Wildlife Photography Hides and the Betton and Norton Wildlife Group, amongst others.