Proposed Shropshire pig plant faces local objection

Plans for a substantial new pig-rearing unit have been unveiled in Shropshire.

The unit, which could house up to 2,000 pigs in two buildings, will be located at Upton Cresset near Bridgnorth.

Roger Cantrill of R & T Cantrill and Son, the company which will run the unit, told Meat Trades Journal that the pork will go to supply the Waitrose supermarket chain.

However, the plan has received a hostile reception from some sections of the local community. More than 70 objections have already been registered with planners at Shropshire County Council.

The main concern of the locals is that the proposed site is too near the village and might lead to significant noise and air pollution.

William Cash, of Upton Cressett Hall, commented: “This is an American-style mega-intensive industrial pig farm by a local farmer, just 500 metres from the gardens and grounds of Upton Cressett Hall and less than 450 metres from the church of St Michael. The two giant facilities will be for around 2,000 pigs to start with.

“I’m deeply concerned that the air and noise pollution from the industrial farm could greatly harm and damage the visitor experience to the Church of St Michael, as well as award-winning Upton Cressett.

“The hamlet is rightfully regarded as a jewel of Shropshire heritage.”

But Angela Roberts of Madeley Chartered Surveyors, representing R & T Cantrill, has defended the proposed unit.

In the application to the council she said: “The separation distance from any protected dwellings is at least 400 metres. The distance of the proposed building is in accordance with the Environment Agency and Environmental Protection Regulations.

“The enterprise requires specialist buildings to house the pigs, utilising a high-welfare housing system.”

The plans will be considered by the council at the end of February

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