Preston poultry plant extension set to be given the green light

PLANS: Gafoor Pure Halal Ltd on Fletcher Road, Preston, which could be extended
PLANS: Gafoor Pure Halal Ltd on Fletcher Road, Preston, which could be extended
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Council bosses have received 145 letters in support of three-storey Gafoor extension.

A three-storey extension could be built at a poultry processing plant, after plans were recommended for approval.

A total of 145 letters have been sent in support of the extension to Gafoor Pure Halal Ltd in Deepdale, 
Preston, to provide extra space for processing chickens, and also for chilling, storage and administration.

The plans will now be discussed by members of Preston Council’s planning committee, where they are recommended to be given the green light.

The proposed extension would be to the western side of the existing factory premises on Fletcher Road, measuring 28.8m long and 17.2m wide, and built with metal cladding which would match the existing premises.

A report, to be discussed by councillors on January 12, said that seven letters of objection and 145 letters in support had been received.

It said the letters of objection stated smells were already bad and would be made worse, raised fears of an increase in traffic on Fletcher Road and the impact on surrounding streets, and opposed the type of meat processing that takes place at the premise.

The report said letters in support, including from local businesses, traders and a local chicken farm, said Gafoor was a significant employer in the local area and the proposal would create more local jobs.

They also said it would contribute to the economy of Preston and would be beneficial to local traders.

The report said: “Some objections have been received from neighbours in respect of smells and fumes from the site.

“The council’s environmental health officer advises that the extension is unlikely to cause any additional smells and that this is a matter that in this case would be controlled by the Environment Agency.”

The plans are recommended for approval, with conditions, and the report said: “The proposal would be beneficial in improving the facilities for storage and refrigeration at existing factory premises and would not significantly affect vehicular movements or parking within the site or the amenities of neighbouring residents.

“The proposed building would have an acceptable appearance in terms of its design and materials.”