Egg farm near Wrexham 'would wipe out decade of wildlife efforts'


Charlie Croasdale

A PROPOSED egg farm housing more than 17,000 chickens would undo a decade of hard work by residents, a community leader says.

Esclusham Community Council chairman John Droog has criticised the planning application for the facility, which would be built at Talwrn Farm, Legacy.

The community council says the barn would ruin residents’ long-running efforts to promote the area as a natural habitat for wildlife, which have included installing two public footpaths under an agricultural stewardship scheme, Tir Gofal.

Mr Droog said wildlife habitats in the Talwrn Farm area would be “lost” should the application be approved.

A similar application was rejected by Wrexham Council’s planning committee in July 2013 after formal objections and petitions on behalf of residents and councillors, who were concerned about the development being an “eyesore” and raised fears of odour, noise, flies, vermin and an increase in traffic.

Mr Droog said: “The proposal for the construction of an egg barn at Talwrn Farm, Legacy is not supported by residents living nearby. 

“For the past 10 years or so much of the land associated with Talwrn Farm has benefited from an agricultural stewardship scheme, Tir Gofal.

“Under the scheme a substantial amount of tree planting was undertaken, two permissive rights of way were installed and the land effectively managed to promote wildlife.

“Over the period residents have been able to use the permissive rights of way, with many using the area for walking their dogs. If permission for the egg barn were granted, much of the work to promote an important wildlife habitat would be lost.

“This latest application is essentially the same as last year. Although the applicant has modified the access route to the unit, the concerns relating to the movement of heavy goods vehicles still exist.

“The road system around the area was never designed to accommodate large goods vehicles – in places it is impossible for two goods vehicles to pass one another.

“For the scheme to proceed there has to be a much greater appreciation by the applicant on the effect it would have on the surrounding community.

“The concerns over road safety have to be addressed. Mitigation measures to prevent the loss of a now important amenity must also be developed.”

It had been anticipated the application would be discussed by Wrexham Council’s planning committee at its July meeting, but has not be listed on the agenda, released on Monday.

The new application includes a different access route, which would see access provided off Talwrn Road, rather than through the former-Manweb entrance which was included in last year’s application. 

The application states that dirty water from the site will flow into a containment tank and it will be kept safely away from clean water supplies.

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