Poultry farm firm hits back at Sedgeford protesters

GV of the proposed Poultry Farm Site at Sedgeford, the location is across the fields at the centre of our picture. ANL-160901-175437009

GV of the proposed Poultry Farm Site at Sedgeford, the location is across the fields at the centre of our picture. ANL-160901-175437009

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The company proposing to build a poultry farm at Sedgeford has hit back at claims by objectors over potential HGV movements in the village.

The No Poultry Action Group has been calling for a full transport statement to be provided due to road safety concerns.

A spokesman for Newcome-Baker Farms said: “The site will generate on average just over a couple of lorry visits per day so to call for a transport statement is quite frankly ridiculous.

“Clearly you can always multiply these up and say they amount to hundreds of lorries over a period of time.

“However to put this into perspective the local pub in Sedgeford – which is the HQ of the No Campaign – from its own figures, must generate in excess of 50,000 traffic movements every year.

“An independent report commissioned by the No Poultry Farming Group concluded that traffic movements from the proposed poultry farm would be just 12 per week or 634 per annum.”

The proposers said that in the last 20 years they have been no accidents involving HGV vehicles on the B1454 between Docking and Heacham.

They are also critical of the No Group teaming up with PETA the animal rights organisation who believe that ‘animals are not ours to eat’ and suggest that 5,000 of their worldwide members joining in the debate has distorted the local consultation process.

“Everyone has the right to support or oppose a development but British farming is not on trial here and it is not relevant to this application.”

The applicant, William Barber, said: “We delayed this application from when it was originally submitted in order that we could have a sensible ‘facts rather than fear’ discussion within those who opposed it within local community. Clearly this isn’t going to happen but we remain confident in the planning process.”