Free Range Egg Proposals approved in the South West

11th January, 2019 by Acorus in General

The Acorus South West office has gained planning consent recently for two free range egg proposals in the region.

Firstly, a 16,000 bird unit as a new venture for a mixed arable/livestock farm in Mid Devon, and secondly, a 16,000 bird extension to form a 32,000 bird unit in the Mendips. In both cases, planning consent was also gained for a temporary dwelling to provide accommodation for the key worker.


In both cases pre-application consultation was undertaken with the Local Planning Authority which proved beneficial in establishing early on the likelihood of planning permission being granted, the key national and local policies under consideration and the level of detail needed to register the application.


Being less than 40,000 bird places the schemes were below the threshold for an Environmental Permit from the Environment Agency.   Likewise the proposed developments did not require Environmental Impact Assessments (see below) as they were below the Schedule 1 threshold of 85,000 places for broilers or 60,000 places for hens and under Schedule 2 not likely to have significant effects on the environment.


Further information or advice on new poultry ventures please contact:

James Whilding MRICS FBIAC, Director



For more general details please refer to the Agricultural Buildings and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) information sheets

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