LATEST NEWS - New poultry farm plan lodged for Sedgeford site

Map showing the site of the proposed new Whin Close poultry farm near Sedgeford
Map showing the site of the proposed new Whin Close poultry farm near Sedgeford
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Developers have today lodged a planning application to build a new poultry farm close to a West Norfolk village.

Proposals to build eight poultry units, accommodating around 300,000 birds in total, on the former Whin Close site, Docking Road, Sedgeford, were shelved in the spring following widespread opposition.

But the company behind the project, Newcome-Baker Farms, says its new plans have addressed the concerns raised by opponents.

The latest proposal, which the company says was submitted to West Norfolk Council today, would see four units built on the land.

They say that would reduce the scale of the project by around 50 per cent.

A consultation event was held at the Sedgeford village hall last month for residents to find out more about the scheme.

But the company indicated it wanted to hold further talks with West Norfolk Council officials before deciding whether to submit a new application or not.

William Barber, managing director of Newcome-Baker Farms, said: “As local residents ourselves we have consulted and looked very carefully at people’s concerns.

“We are confident that it will not have a negative impact for the wider community. Indeed, this diversification will enable our farm to continue to be a sustainable business and make a positive contribution to the local economy.”