British super dairy farm plans shelved due to objections
Published 20/04/2010 | 05:00
Plans for the biggest dairy farm in Britain and western Europe have been shelved by the company behind the proposal.
Nocton Dairies has decided to withdrawn its application for an 8,100 cow herd at Nocton Heath, Lincolnshire.
It is understood that environmental concerns, slurry management and smell at the site are at the centre of the move.
A statement issued by the company said it would undertake more surveys and reports, with a view towards resubmitting a new planning application in the near future.
"We have listened and responded to all of the comments we have received from anyone who has taken the time to question and to understand the dairy," said the company.
"It is a huge, innovative and in many ways counter-intuitive project. The technical issues involved will take more time to address than we have available to meet the requirements of the planning authority," it continued.
"We will therefore be seeking to undertake more surveys and detailed reports with a view towards resubmitting a new planning application in the near future."
The ambitious plan, driven by a trio of farmers, provoked a raft of objections from environmental and animal welfare groups.