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Council yet to rule on plan for huge Limavady pig farm

By Linda Stewart

Published 26/04/2016

Plans for a controversial 40,000 pig farm on the outskirts of Limavady have been resubmitted to the local council
Plans for a controversial 40,000 pig farm on the outskirts of Limavady have been resubmitted to the local council

Plans for a controversial 40,000 pig farm on the outskirts of Limavady have been resubmitted to the local council.

The application for the unit, which would house more than 2,200 breeding sows and their piglets, had been listed as 'refused' on the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council's website, but the council says it is still considering the application after more information was submitted.

Thousands of people have signed petitions opposing the pig breeding units at Moys Road in the town after an online campaign warned that it would destroy the community.

The pig farm has been opposed by animal welfare charity PETA and Downton Abbey star and animal welfare campaigner Peter Egan.

A spokesman for the council confirmed that the application for a proposed pig breeding unit at lands at Moys Road in Limavady was still under consideration.

"Consultees reviewed the Environmental Statement that accompanied the application and requested further information.  The Planning Authority subsequently requested this information," the spokesperson said. 

"This information was submitted on April 7, 2016 in the form of an Environmental Statement Addendum. As such, this information was submitted in the context of the current application and is not a new planning application.

"Those who had previously made representations were issued notification letters to make them aware that further information had been received. The application remains under consideration and no opinion has been formed at this time."

Campaigner Isobel Hutchinson of welfare group Animal Aid last night urged the council to refuse planning permission.

"We believe that this new development would cause large-scale animal suffering, and could have a damaging impact on the local community," she said.

The council said its planning department has received 118 letters of objection and five petitions of objection.

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