Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Why did you resubmit the planning application
A: The application submitted to South Derbyshire District Council was withdrawn in acknowledgement of Derbyshire County Council's view that
this is a county planning matter.
Q: If planning permission is granted what is the proposed commencement date?
A: This will depend on the approval of the funding for the project but it is anticipated that work will commence approximately 12 months after
planning permission is granted.
Q: How long will it take to complete the building of the unit?
A: It is anticipated that this will take no longer than twelve months to complete, although some aspects will be finished before then.
Q: What assurances do you have that local residents will not have to put up with the normal smell associated with a pig farm?
A: The new farm incorporates the very latest technology to remove the pungent aroma associated with pig production. The system includes
three methods of filtration eliminating the possibility of the ammonia and associated strong-smelling gasses escaping into the atmosphere.
Q: What level of noise will be created by the operation?
A: Any noise will be minimal and will not be heard over the constant background noise generated by the A50.
Q: Will the development leave the site vulnerable to flooding?
A: The development is outside the flood plain.
Q: What about pollution such as dust, noise, light and other environmental issues?
A: All aspects of the operation will comply with environmental regulations. This includes light and noise pollution and gas emissions. We have
carried out a full Environmental Impact Assessment which concluded that there will be no significant impact on the fauna, flora or water
courses in the area as a result of this development.
Q: Will the community benefit from the energy being produced, if so, how?
A: The generation of electricity will benefit everyone when environmentally friendly energy is supplied into the National Grid.
Q: Where will the organic waste be coming from, is it safe and how will it be transported?
A: Some of the waste will come from the farm itself and some will be delivered to the site by road using licensed companies and proven
Q: What jobs and business opportunities will be created for the local community?
A: All employment and contracts will be kept local whenever possible. It is anticipated that when completed the unit will create up to 18 new
Q: What will be the visual impact of the unit when the building work is completed, from the road and/or the village?
A: Extensive screening and sympathetic design will reduce the impact from all roads, footpaths and all other vantage points. The impact will
be far less than any development on Dove Valley Industrial Estate. Thorough impact assessments concluded that there will be no
significant impact on the local environment. These assessments will be available for viewing when the planning application has been
Q: What is the possibility of any animals escaping from the unit and causing damage or accidents?
A: Security on site will be of the highest standards due to the Defra regulations for hygiene and disease control. The pigs will be kept in an
enclosed environment and loading takes place via an indoor fenced area. There will be staff on site 24 hours a day.
Q: Is the Biogas processing plant a potential hazard and what safety precautions will be taken?
A: The process uses proven technology from around the world having stringent safety systems in place with integrated, automatic monitoring
Q: What consideration has been given to animal welfare?
A: Animal welfare is our top priority and our plans are to the highest possible specification. These plans have been inspected by some of the
most highly respected animal welfare groups whose concerns we have tried to accommodate in the design. MPP is part of an
internationally recognised Quality Assurance scheme, which includes independent quarterly veterinary inspections.
Q: What about the objections to the plans from the Animal Rights Groups?
A: We fully respect peoples' right to their own opinion. We believe that farms in the UK will have to get more efficient if the consumer's
demand for British meat at a reasonable price is to be met. However, we recognize that there are single issue pressure groups which would
prefer people not to eat meat at all and therefore they are obviously unlikely to support our proposals.
Q: What happens if the entire site has to be closed due to a national requirement or outbreak of disease?
A: The site itself will be closed, not the access roads, so this would not affect the surrounding properties
Q: What about antibiotic use and the risk to humans?
A: The entire farm will be a high health unit operating to the highest levels of bio-security to minimise the risk of disease entering the farm or
indeed leaving it. Disease is controlled by good standards of hygiene, welfare and management systems and has nothing to do with the
size of the farm. Use of antibiotics is the exception, not the norm, and is purely to aid a sick animal
There is no UK evidence that siting a pig unit near to residential areas poses any risk at all.