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  • 179000 Chickens in 4 barns
    In just 6 weeks, chicks are fed intensively to adult weight
    Chickens are caught and caged, usually during the hours of darkness
    They are then transported over 110 miles to Cullompton in Devon
    There they are slaughtered and processed
    before being packed and distributed to major retailers such as M & S, Tesco and Waitrose
    1.5 Million birds slaughtered per year
  • Huge Redesign with 8 metre high towers
    The new design has a much greater visual impact than the initial submission
    The attempts to design out problems with emissions have simply caused further problems with noise.
    This further shows that this is simply the wrong application in the wrong location


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It is for 4 sheds holding 179,000 birds. The birds are grown to full size in just 6 weeks before being caught and taken for slaughter. Over 1.5 million birds would be processed through this factory each year

We have defined a truck as a single journey sector by truck. using the applicant's own submitted figures:

They estimate an 8 week cycle but admit this may be shorter. A 6 week growing cycle with 5 days clean-out is usually expected in  broiler production.

The applicants estimate that 380 journeys would be completed in each cycle.

This is 760 single trips.

We also added a number of trips for initial clean out of waste water tanks (30000 litre capacity) , and an allowance for clean out during the clean-out cycle, based on 10000 litre capacity tankers.

This would be approximately 10 single trips.

TOTAL sectors per cycle = 760 + 10 = 770

TOTAL cycles per year assuming 47 day cycle = 7.76 cycles per year

TOTAL movements per year therefore = 7.76 x 770 = 5979 movements per year

YES! Although the comments closure date has passed, we have been informed that you have a right to add your comments and concerns right up until the planning committee meeting, which may be in October or November. E-mail your comments to: developmentmanagement@wiltshire.gov.uk quoting planning ref W/11/02440/FUL in the subject line

The applicants base all their figures on the increase in traffic levels from those caused by the previous poultry unit. This unit closed in 2005 and has been abandoned since that date. The owners applied for permission to build some light industrial units on the site in 2008. Council planners refused to consider the application because of the predicted volume of HGV traffic. We argue that the baseline to measure any vehicle movements should be zero, as, contrary to the applicants assertions, we believe that they could not simply rebuild the unit and begin operations in accordance with the previous planning permission.

We are beginning to better understand the effects of the emissions from these factory farms, and, consequently, the Environment Agency have insisted that high velocity fans are mounted at 8 metres height, to exhaust emissions higher into the atmosphere. This renders the old building design obsolete. We therefore argue that the applicants have no fall back option, as they would need to make a fresh planning application if they wished to restate the poultry farm as a 125,000 bird unit, as it was in 2005.

Although the odour can be mitigated to some extent by good management of moisture in the litter, the true facts are that, for the entire 6 week growing cycle, the bird faeces accumulate on the floor of the sheds. It is not possible, with the crowded conditions in these sheds (16 birds per square metre), to clear anything from the floor. The odour will slowly build up, until, at 6 weeks, once the birds have been cleared, the doors are opened on each shed in turn, and the litter, a mix of bedding, faeces, & feathers, is scraped up and loaded onto trailers. It is this mixture which unavoidably emits a very pungent odour. Villagers clearly remember the strong smells lasting several days during the clean-out of the sheds.

2 Sisters Foods are a massive company, owning Northern Foods, and brands such as 'Goodfellas Pizzas', 'Fox's Biscuits'. Started in 1993 by Ranjit Singh Boparan

In 2014, the Guardian newspaper uncovered a number of alleged hygiene breaches in poultry sites run by 2 Sisters. the article can be seen HERE

2 Sisters have also been involved in several major cases. In 2011, they were fined a total of £210,000 for breaches of Health & Safety legislation which lead to 2 employees being seriously injured in two separate incidents

Between 2011 and 2014 we found 26 breaches of Health & Safety Executive (HSE) regulations

It is likely that 2 jobs will be created locally to manage and run the site on a daily basis. Catchers and drivers will be brought in when required through third party contractors

The proposal may, however, cause a net loss of local jobs. One business has already relocated away from the area, partyly due to concerns over the emissions from this factory farm. Horses First Racing have, who employ over 20 people locally and have contributed significantly to our community, have stated that they may be forced to consider moving if these plans go through. This would be a devastating loss to our area.


The allotment users are considered transient users of nearby land and, as such, largely ignored in much of analysis. The reality is that the allotments are located within 20 metres of the proposed site, and the levels of ammonia and particulates at this distance will be significant. These levels can affect plant growth, and will increase the acidity of soil close to the site.

Particulate emissions can be harmful to humans, affecting respiration. The U.S Environment Protection Agency states:

Particle pollution - especially fine particles - contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are so small that they can get deep into the lungs and cause serious health problems. Numerous scientific studies have linked particle pollution exposure to a variety of problems, including:

  • premature death in people with heart or lung disease
  • nonfatal heart attacksirregular heartbeat
  • aggravated asthma
  • decreased lung function
  • increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing or difficulty breathing.


There are many ways you can help

  • Attend Meetings
  • Donate to our funds
  • Contact the Wiltshire planners to comment on the application
  • Write to our MP, Andrew Murrison, expressing your concerns
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  • Raise your concerns with Parish Councils, and our county councillor, Fleur de-rhe Philipe

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