Developer Philip Kerry of T&S Nurseries in Grantham, Lincolnshire had applied for permission for six barns across the county, each housing up to 1,000 rabbits. However Rushcliffe Borough Council confirmed that two applications for barns at East Bridgford and Granby had been withdrawn, noting that they had attracted a significant level of opposition.
Sandra Smiley, a spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said:
“PETA supporters sent more than 1,600 letters of objection to Rushcliffe Borough Council opposing the applications for the facilities, which would have meant severe suffering for thousands of rabbits.”
The barns would have been the first intensive rabbit farms in the UK for 15 years.
The other sites for the proposed rabbit farms have also now been shelved. Plans in Fiskerton in Nottingham were withdrawn after villagers complained and an application for a farm at Gresham, Norfolk also appears to have been withdrawn. Objections from the local parish council led to the proposal being refused for a site in Truro, while another site at Barnack in Cambridgeshire was rejected on the grounds that it would lead to the loss of agriculture land.