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Thorndon's chicken shed application approval fuels fears over HGV issues in Eye

Plans to build chicken sheds housing more than 35,000 birds have been approved at the second time of asking, despite numerous objections and the potential exacerbation of HGV issues in Eye.

Mid Suffolk District Council approved plans for four large chicken sheds at Castle Hill Farm in Thorndon last week, having refused a previous application for three chicken sheds at the same site in January.

Having initially lodged an appeal, the applicant submitted an amended application in mid-February, which quickly gathered 12 objections from members of the public, along with the parish councils of Eye, Thorndon and Southolt.

Mid Suffolk District Council's headquarters
Mid Suffolk District Council's headquarters

In a report to the planning committee, which preceded the approval, 24 issues were highlighted as being of concern, with all three councils fearing increased HGV movements through Eye and citing the safety of pedestrians and other road users.

The issue of large lorries making their way through Eye is a contentious topic in the town, with campaigners expressing growing anger over buildings and cars being damaged as a result.

Summarising his decision, the chief planning officer said: “The proposal has been assessed with regard to adopted development plan policies, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and all other material considerations.

The NPPF encourages a positive and proactive approach to decision taking, delivery of sustainable development, achievement of high-quality development and working pro-actively to secure developments that improve the economic, social and environmental conditions of the area.”

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