Planning permission

A significant barrier to innovation for pig producers is that their ability to upgrade pig buildings (replacing old for new purpose-built accomodation) is stifled by drawn out planning procedures and opposition from the local community fuelled by misinformation.  Local campaigners often cause undue delay to the planning process, sometimes extending applications by years.  We need a defined planning timetable to ensure that this does not happen. We accept that this is within the remit of DCLG, however we would appreciate Defra applying pressure on the Department and working together on this issue where possible.


Why the contribution is important

Pig housing in the UK is in relatively poor condition.  A recent survey of pig housing in the UK found that the average age of housing is 22 years. Investment in new buildings enables investment in systems that can benefit animal health and welfare in a number of ways through new materials, improved hygiene, improved environments and lower environmental emissions.  Consequently, improvements in housing will lead to a more profitable pig industry that is more able to invest in innovative technologies.


by GCrayford on January 05, 2016 at 11:44AM

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  • Posted by Singingstar1 February 15, 2016 at 11:51

    As a chartered town planner I agree with this statement. Newer technology can help deal with slurry issues and better housing is in the interest of the pigs. However, I do not wish to see pig rearing go the way of chickens and become an increasingly industrialised process. We have the highest welfare standards re pigs in Europe. Pigs are also very intelligent animals. There needs to be a balance. I know something needs to be done as british pig farming is on its knees. We should act like the French and support British farming . I never buy Danish or Dutch. Many farm products in France are more expensive to buy if they are not French. Why in Britain is it often the other way round? There must be some Government intervention.
  • Posted by Pigly February 19, 2016 at 17:14

    When I started farming in 1970 no planning permission was required for farm buildings and it worked just fine, Now we are strangled by it and it has destroyed many businesses. It is not necessary to have planning permission for farm buildings except perhaps when a farmer wishes to put livestock buildings near a non-farm owned house, say 100m. Get rid of it all and let us get on with the job. All it does is make red tape jobs for the boys. Planning has become a whole industry and it is the most unproductive industry in the country costing us all a fortune and with no output. It's one big quango that has spiralled out of control. It is an administrator's dream with fat salaries and big pensions for achieving nothing except slowing down businesses when it comes to farm buildings. It's hopeless and preposterous that this situation has been allowed to occur. When a pig farmer needs a new building the pigs are coming through so fast he hasn't got time to play planning. He just has to get on with it or he will lose livestock. time is of the essence. That is why so many pig farmers have gone out of business. In order to focus your minds just one gilt can produce 12 piglets let's say all female and those 12 piglets will be having their first litters (ie 144 piglets) within a year and their dams will be pregnant with their second litters. So perhaps you can now see the importance of leaving planning out of farming. If you can't see it then there is no hope and you should go back to college and do the course again! Another real problem is people moving into the countryside who shouldn't be there and who continually complain about odours and the like. It should be a rule that if you move into the countryside, you have no right to complain about odours, noise or other matters that are the result of farming the land. It is this problem that has caused the demise of intensive units that feed people and turn work into businesses. Thank you.
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