Smell from pig farm looks set to halt build in Longridge

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Smelly pigs look set to mean that two building proposals for 79 homes in Longridge could be refused.

Owners of Belmont Farm in Inglewhite Road are grateful that officers at Preston City Council recommending the plans for refusal have ‘seen sense’.

Barbara Davies, who fought the plans feared more complaints from future neighbours over the smell and noise of her pigs if plans for a new housing developments were approved.

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She said: “We are pleased that common sense has prevailed. At the beginning officers were recommending it for approval because an odour report was stating the smell was insignificant.

Owner of Belmont Farm in Inglewhite Road, Barbara DaviesOwner of Belmont Farm in Inglewhite Road, Barbara Davies
Owner of Belmont Farm in Inglewhite Road, Barbara Davies

We couldn’t understand why they said there would be no smell from the pigs. I fought it because it would have been passed otherwise.”

The two development plans, both off Halfpenny Lane, will be considered by PCC’s planning committee on February 6.

The proposals include designs for 45 homes from social housing group Community Gateway Association (CGA) and 34 homes from applicants Tim Forrest and John Holden.

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Outlining why the plans for 34 houses would inappropriate for land off Inglewhite Road and Halfpenny Lane, a report from officers states: “An assessment of the noise and odour reports has concluded that there would be a very high risk of adverse noise and odour impacts upon the occupiers of the proposed residential dwellings from the operations of the adjacent pig farm business.”

Officers also listed plans from CGA for refusal because of “adverse odour impacts” that the pig farm would have on future occupiers.