New poultry unit proposed in Shropshire

Plans for a new poultry unit in Shropshire, that could produce 5,000 tons of poultry meat a year, have been revealed.

Harrison Farms has applied for permission to establish six units housing 300,000 birds at the site near Market Drayton.

It is estimated that the unit would produce the meat from 2.4 million birds a year.

Guy Maxfield, agent for Harrison Farms, told MTJ: “There is increasing demand for poultry meat at the moment. The consumption trend is upward. All the meat will be  to assured Red Tractor standards. There are six processors within access of the proposed unit and we will be selecting one of these to take the meat  from the unit.”

The proposal also shows that the the unit will include a biomass boiler system, which will allow for the production of environmentally friendly energy.

In their proposal the applicants also state that the development will create new jobs.

“The proposal is a sustainable economic development that will contribute positively to the UK poultry sector,” they state. “The development will also be contributing to the local economy through feed and building contracts and veterinary employment.”

The application will now be considered by Shropshire County Council.

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