Royal estate outlines plans to house beef cattle in new buildings near Sandringham
Parish councillors have expressed their support for proposals for hundreds of cattle to be housed in new buildings on the Sandringham Estate.
But, in a letter, Sandringham Parish Council said they would want planning officials to be satisfied no “obnoxious odours” would impact on nearby residents.
The Royal Estate has submitted an application to West Norfolk Council for planning permission to construct two buildings on land at Tower Road in Flitcham to house 500 beef cattle.
A design and access statement says that Sandringham Farms will be into “fully organic arable and livestock production” by July.
It adds thatmaintaining an organic status on a large estate “requires a fully mixed farming regime”.
“To continue their production of arable based crops such as milling wheat, malting barley, oats, peas and beans requires the application of farm yard manure to maintain soil fertility levels and organic matter in the light of no longer being able to utilise inorganic fertilisers.”
Introducing an organic beef enterprise will provide “valuable organic farm manure” using straw from the crops, the statement adds, as well as boosting the farms’ income.
“The proposed buildings and allied structures (such as the silage clamps) are designed around a 500 head herd, initially from bought in ‘store’ cattle, but eventually developing into a beef suckler herd, rearing its own replacements,” it says.
And the proposed site was chosen for its central position near the main farm at Appleton, which has a history of beef and dairy production.
A planning statement adds: “The site is protected and shielded by good tree shelter belts and will not impact the special landscape around Sandringham.”
In the letter to the borough council, Sandringham Parish Council said it supports the “principle of moving to more sustainable, organic farming” and “believes it will be good for the local economy in enhancing employment opportunities for young, local people”.
“We would want you to be satisfied that there will be no escape of obnoxious odours that will impact surrounding residents’ enjoyments of their lives or impact their wellbeing,” the council adds.
Neither the Environment Agency or West Norfolk Council’s environment quality officer have objected to the plans.