Staffordshire chicken plant wins battle with residents

A Staffordshire chicken cutting plant has been granted retrospective planning permission despite objections from residents concerned about odours and increased vermin.

Stoke-on-Trent city council has granted Ahmet Tonaydin permission to continue with the transformation of an 84sq m unit in the Britannia Park Industrial Estate into a meat processing facility, on the condition that no processing will take place at the site outside of the hours of 8am to 6pm on Monday to Friday or at any time on weekends or Bank Holidays.  

Similar restrictions have been put in place for deliveries, and Tonaydin  will have to install fresh air inlet equipment approved by the local planning authority.

The council did receive four letters of objection from local residents concerned over smells from the plant, the risk of increaed vermin and the impact on the value of the properties that back onto the industrial estate.

One resident said: “Brittannia Park is on the edge of the Northern Forest Park and the smells emanating when the wind is blowing in the direction of our street would be unacceptable... we are also aware that the possibility of vermin, flies, etc could be a major health problem in time.”

However, planning officers said it would be difficult to discern whether the odours from the plant would justify refusal of planning permission, adding that the applicant had provided information to show that no waste products would be stored externally at the site.

“It is considered that the smells and the attraction of vermin to the site would not be exacerbated by the proposed operation,” said the report by planning officer Phil Murphy.

Murphy added that the plant would utilise a vacant building, and would therefore meet the requirements of a start-up business.

“Given that the unit is located within an established industrial park, it is considered that the principle of reusing this unit for a low-impact enterprise is supported, subject to an assessment of the impacts upon the surrounding environment,” said the report.


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