Battle to stop chicken farm begins again
RESIDENTS in Staverton, between Cheltenham and Gloucester, are poised for another battle to stop a chicken farm from being built on land near where they live.
An initial application to build a 16,000 capacity free-range egg production unit on land off Withybridge Lane was withdrawn last week amid concerns over drainage.
Neighbours, who had been concerned about the foul smell of bird droppings, were delighted with the move.
But they have warned they are expecting to have to redraw battle lines soon when another application is submitted to Tewkesbury Borough Council.
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Jason Clarke, landlord of the House in the Tree pub, in Withybridge Lane, said: "We are pleased the plans have been withdrawn but are under no illusions. I'm sure it won't be long until another set of plans are submitted.
"We were at a meeting with the borough council where about 50 people came along. It was clear there were some concerns about water running off the site into the river but other than that we could face a battle to stop this going ahead."
The applicants behind the scheme were Gavin and Sarah Olney, from Uckington.