Belfast Telegraph

Deadline set for chance to attend pig farm hearing

By Staff Reporter

Residents opposed to plans for a massive pig farm in Newtownabbey have to beat a Friday deadline if they want to hear planners discuss the issue.

The Belfast Telegraph first revealed the controversial blueprint last year, after which a storm of protest erupted.

Campaigners including guitarist Brian May and actor Martin Shaw spoke out.

The original application envisaged an intensive unit capable of housing up to 30,000 pigs - a proposal that met with significant opposition. The amended plans involve 15,000 pigs.

Planning officials at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council have recommended approval for the Reahill Road operation. But anyone wanting to attend the next planning committee meeting at Mossley Mill on November 22 must register before noon on Friday.

The Antrim Guardian reported that those who apply will be told if they have been invited on November 21 - just one day before the meeting.

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