Pig farm silos to stay but new screening is required

A PIG farm has been allowed to keep its fixed feed silos, despite 38 letters of objection from residents.

South Downs National Park Authority’s planning committee approved the retrospective application for Redgate pig farm, off Annington Road, Bramber, at a meeting in Midhurst on Thursday, June 12.

It was pointed out that the operation of the farm itself did not constitute part of the application.

It was acknowledged there was strong public representation objecting to the development, but noted that many objections referred to the operation of the pig farm itself, which was not under consideration.

Reference was made to the screening of the five silos and the committee agreed additional effort needed to be made to ensure they were not ‘visually intrusive’ to the beauty of the landscape.

Tim Slaney, the authority’s director of planning, said the committee agreed with the officer’s recommendation and granted planning permission for the siting and fixing of five livestock feed silos at the farm.

He added: “Having regard to residents’ concerns, the committee asked for the landscaping condition five of the permission to be amended, to include new planting to help ameliorate the visual impact of the silos.”