New building plans for poultry processing plant in Preston approved

Gafoor Pure Halal Ltd on Fletcher Road, Preston
Gafoor Pure Halal Ltd on Fletcher Road, Preston
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A two-storey building is set to be constructed next to a poultry processing plant in Preston, after plans were given the green light.

Bosses at Gafoor Pure Halal in Fletcher Road applied to add the new building for storage, packing and chilling, and the plans were approved with conditions.

Fears were raised at the latest planning committee meeting of Preston Council about smells near the site, but councillors were told no objections had been lodged.

Senior planning officer Janet Filbin said: “No objections have been received to the proposal and it would be beneficial in allowing the factory premises to be improved and increase its efficiencies and safeguard employment. The same conditions are proposed as the previous application, which are necessary to protect the amenities of the area.”

Committee member Coun John Collins said: “I’m told the appalling smell near that building is due to what would appear to go down the drains, so I’m very concerned that we would monitor very closely that this building is not used for slaughtering or butchering.

“I know there have been no objections, but people have lived with absolutely appalling smells for over 20 years, so I want to ensure we monitor that.”

The meeting was told the building would not be used for slaughtering.

Coun Peter Moss said: “Clearly this application is suggesting there will be no further concerns or negative impacts regarding potential odours.

“I would hope this council would want to encourage a flourishing and thriving business to show this community is open for business.”