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Objection group raise concerns about plans for pig and chicken farms after an accident that killed two people in Mundford

Concerns have been raised about plans for poultry and pig farms to be built near a “high-risk” road after two people were killed in a car accident last week.

It comes after a man in his 20s and a woman in her 50s were both killed in a two-car crash at Cranwich Heath Road junction in Mundford last week.

The Cranswick Objection Group have told the Lynn News about their concerns that the road will become more busy if the plans go ahead.

The junction of Mundford Road and Cranwich Heath Road. Picture: Google Maps
The junction of Mundford Road and Cranwich Heath Road. Picture: Google Maps

Plans involve the construction of pig and poultry sheds after the proposal was made by Cranswick PLC which owns Crown Chicken and Wayland Farms.

Crown Chicken has applied for permission to demolish existing sheds at Airfield and Methwold Farm in Feltwell.

The firm have said in their planning statement that there is a “high demand” for chicken.

The plans are currently with West Norfolk Council, awaiting a decision, and have hundreds of objections from members of the public.

A spokesperson from Cranswick Objection group said: “Obviously we are very saddened by the deaths of two local people but in order to avert more serious or fatal accidents happening at a point which should be classed as a high-risk area, we need to let the public know about the application.”

The objection group believe that more people will use Cranwich Heath Road if the proposals go ahead and that cars are sometimes forced off the road when larger vehicles such as lorries use it.

They added that more traffic would join the road from the potential pig and chicken sheds.

The spokesperson added: “The route is so circuitous that, at some point, the route will be directed through the forest and access the site this way, being a much shorter, quicker and direct option.”

“As the direct routes from and to the processing plants for pigs and chickens would be these tiny side routes through the forest, we know that many companies already use these and we do observe a larger number taking bigger lorries through.

“We are urging people to become aware of their environment and to choose their rights to object carefully before time runs out.

“We are extremely sorry to hear of the accident and our deepest condolences go out to their loved ones.”

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