Extension is granted for poultry plant

Extension: Gafoor Pure Halal Ltd in Fletcher Road, Preston, which has been granted permission for a three-storey extension
Extension: Gafoor Pure Halal Ltd in Fletcher Road, Preston, which has been granted permission for a three-storey extension
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A three-storey extension is to be built at a poultry processing plant, after plans were given the green light.

Gafoor Pure Halal Ltd had applied to extend the existing factory at Fletcher Road in Deepdale.

And councillors agreed to the plans, but insisted on extra conditions after fears were raised about smells.

The extension will be to the western side of the existing premises, measuring 28.8m long and 17.2m wide, and built with metal cladding to match the existing premises.

Seven letters of objection and 145 letters of support were received, according to a report discussed by councillors.

Objectors raised concerns over smells and traffic, while supporters said the plans would create more jobs.

Coun Terry Cartwright, who represents Deepdale ward, said: “It’s a regular occasion when you get this horrible smell. Given there might be an increase in production, that follows suit to me that the smell is not going to go away and it could increase.”

Senior planning officer Janet Filbin said the Environment Agency had raised no objection to the application, and also said there would be no processing within the extension, which would be used for refrigeration and storage.

The plans were approved by 11 votes to two at this week’s planning meeting, with added conditions that no slaughtering or butchery would take place within the extension.

The application had been recommended for approval, after council officers said the plans would be beneficial in improving the facilities at the factory and would not significantly affect the amenities of neighbours.