The picturesque village of North Newbald has been spared the impact of a high density 2000 pig production unit on woodlands and meadows next to the East Yorkshire village.
The local parish council had objected to the planning application and 91 residents had written to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council expressing their concerns. At a meeting of the local authority’s Eastern Area Planning Committee this week, the proposal was kicked out by councillors, despite planning officers recommending that that the industrial pig unit should be built.
The local ward councillor spoke against the development, but it was Liberal Democrat planning committee member, Cllr Denis Healy who proposed that the officers’ recommendations should be overturned by refusing the application. Cllr Healy then voiced the residents’ concerns, many of whom were watching the proceedings live on the Council’s You Tube channel.
Councillor Healy commented:
“Putting a high intensity production unit with 2000 stinking pigs in this corner of a delightful Wolds village is one of the most worrying things I have heard in a long time. This would have had a really profound effect on the quality of the lives of the residents of North Newbald, who would have had to cope with stench, slurry and noise, as well as environmental impact with increased greenhouse gases.
“Residents were also concerned about the impact on wildlife and the environment in a beautiful place where people have been able to walk and enjoy the delightful countryside which has been so important for people during lockdown.
“In addition to that there was the extra fear of daily HGV movements with large lorries negotiating a narrow track, bringing further disruption to this tranquil and picturesque East Riding village. I am very pleased that most of my fellow councillors agreed with me and we were able to stop this application.”
Local resident, Tracey Watson, who also spoke at the planning meeting on behalf of residents said:
“ As one of many residents who would have been affected, I am delighted with the outcome. It was a privilege to be able to speak on behalf of the 90 plus objectors and the effected Parish Councils which included Sancton as well as Newbald. The Committee hearings exist for the very reasons we witnessed, in being to be able to offer a balanced and sensible approach to the planning process. I am delighted that sound practical judgement prevailed, and that the beautiful area enjoyed by so many will now remain as it should be.
"I am pleased and reassured that the current residents of North Newbald and other surrounding villages have their safety from a road, environmental and residential amenities secured and protected going forward along with all the existing businesses.”
Check out the Eastern Area Planning Sub Committee Meeting, click here - the item was discussed at 41:50