A planning application has been submitted for Biggin Farm New Brancepeth to develop a 4,000 Pig Farm involving the construction of 2 Buildings, slurry collection and 5 feed silos. Durham County Council Planning reference DM/17/00919/FPA.
Residents and the 3 Labour County Councillors for the Division fear if the application is approved it would be detrimental to the Deerness Valley.
Councillor Marion Wilson explained “We have held two public meetings in New Brancepeth and Esh Winning and spoken to many residents about this application and also consulted online. Along with myself Councillors Jean Chaplow and David Bell are totally against Intensive Farming but this is not a planning condition and cannot be a basis for refusing the application.”
Marion continued, “However, we believe along with the residents of the Deerness Valley that this farm would cause Environmental and Ecological damage on a wide scale. Slurry from the 4,000 pigs will be spread twice year across the fields which will become saturated and the run off will find its way into the watercourse and river which has Salmon and Trout travelling back to their spawning grounds. Ammonia and Nitrogen will be emitted causing problems for those with breathing problems. Traffic will be increased on roads that cannot cope with 35 tonne wagons. Odour and Noise will also be an issue.”
All three local Labour County Councillors have have pledged to fight this application along with the residents of Deerness Division. If residents wish to make their views known regarding the application they must submit comments by 21st August – you can do it online at: https://publicaccess.durham.gov.uk/online-applications/ and enter the reference DM/17/00919/FPA