Swaffham poultry auction scheme approved despite road concerns

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Proposals for a new poultry and livestock auction centre on the edge of Swaffham have been approved by councillors, despite road safety concerns.

Planning officials had called for the scheme at the Swaffham Raceway site, off the A1122, to be rejected because of the extra risk created by additional traffic.

But the Breckland Council planning committee voted unanimously to approve the project at a meeting in Dereham yesterday.

They said they could not refuse it because of the activity that already takes place at the site on race days.

The scheme is intended to replace the former livestock auction site in Lynn Road, which closed last spring.

Officers’ report said: “The auction continues to take place fortnightly at temporary premises near Mildenhall, some 25 miles from Swaffham, which is not considered sustainable in the long term.”

But planners echoed the concern of county roads chiefs in recommending refusal.

They said: “The current access arrangements and the proposed increase in vehicular movements would adversely affect on highway safety, given the vehicle speed along the A1122 from the west and the poor visibility of the access.”

However, applicants MK Breckland Promotions Ltd said they expected the traffic generated from the auctions to be around half that of a typical racing event.