Poultry farm plans dismissed by council

Plans for a massive poultry farm on the outskirts of a Fife town have been dismissed after a public inquiry.

Local people had been fighting against the facility, in Cupar, for almost five years. About 12,000 objections had been sent to Fife Council.

Recorder Michael Cunliffe has written to the main residents' group explaining that the appeal has been rejected.

Residents had objected based on concerns that the poultry unit would produce an unpleasant odour.

They also cited the likelihood of heavy lorries using a minor road which is often used by walkers and cyclists.

In his conclusion, the Recorder's report states: "While the proposals would bring considerable benefit to the Carslogie Farm business, and would offer employment opportunities and some potential sustainability advantages, the price would be the intrusion of a substantial and unattractive industrial-style building into an area of relatively unspoilt countryside."

The decision upholds the one taken by Fife Council's East Area Committee, who rejected the plan in December 2006.

A public inquiry, which lasted a week, was held at County Buildings, Cupar, in February. It heard evidence from the landowner, campaigners and Fife Council.

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