Three-storey extension plan for Preston poultry plant

Extension plans: Gafoor Pure Halal on Fletcher Road in Preston
Extension plans: Gafoor Pure Halal on Fletcher Road in Preston
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Neighbours living close to a Preston chicken factory say they will object to plans for an extension, because of their concerns about smells.

Bosses at Gafoor Pure Halal on Fletcher Road have applied for an extension to the existing building, to house chilling and storage space for prepared poultry products.

But residents say they will be objecting to the application because of existing concerns over smells.

Plans have now been submitted with Preston Council for a three-storey extension to the two-storey factory.

A statement lodged by planning agents Equilibrium Architects said: “The development and growth of the company over the last few years now means that it requires more factory space to ensure the long term viability of its business, coupled with the need for rationalisation to the ground floor plant production area.

“An extension is proposed which will house chilling and storage space for the prepared poultry products.”

But Robin Maudsley, of Deepdale’s CRaB community group, said some neighbours were opposed to the plans, because of the smell in the area.

He said: “People are not happy about the idea of extending the factory because if it’s going to make the smell worse, they are going to object to it because for years we’ve had a constant smell. It’s atrocious.”

Nobody was available for comment at Gafoor when contacted by the LEP, but bosses have previously denied the smells come from their factory.

Paul Dunne, Lancashire County Council’s highways manager for Preston, said: “We have been contacted about smells in the Peel-Hall Street area.

“These could be coming from the sewer and drainage system and we’ve been working closely with United Utilities and Gafoor to see if we can find a way to resolve this issue.

“The county council is responsible for highway drainage and we have been carrying out repairs to gullies to ensure that smells aren’t escaping from the sewers via the roadside drains.

“Most of the work is now complete and will be finalised this week.”

A United Utilities spokesman said: “We have no issues with how the sewer network is operating in this area.”