Plans for a controversial “super dairy” with 1,000 cows at a farm have been rejected by Powys councillors.
23 October 2012
The vote is the latest twist in the debate about the dairy near Welshpool, which councillors had backed last year.
A protest was held outside the meeting against how livestock will be kept inside for 250 days of the year.
Farmer Fraser Jones, who wants to build one of the first parlours of its type in Wales, has said the proposal would result in improved conditions.
The matter was discussed again after changes in Powys council’s constitution and committee membership.
In November last year, the planning committee said it was minded to approve the application subject to a report about “outstanding issues”. It had been recommended for refusal.
The Welsh government called in the application in the following January.
Environment Minister John Griffiths is concerned about the risk of pollution from slurry spreading and the visual impact on nearby Powis Castle.
The plans include three livestock cubicle buildings, a fodder storage unit, two slurry stores and a water storage tower.
But animal welfare groups and some local residents strongly oppose the scheme.
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