Bilsby farm to double hen rearing capacity

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A poultry house in Bilsby has been given permission to erect a unit that will double the number of hens it rears.

L.G. Fairburn & Son Ltd have been given the green light to demolish their existing 8,000-bird poultry house at Ivy House Farm, Bilsby, in favour of a replacement unit for 16,000 hens.

Recommending appproval at an East Lindsey planning meeting, senior case ELDC case officer Andy Allen commented: “The development will help cater for increased market demand for UK-derived free range eggs.”

The consent was granted despite concerns from some committee members and the parish council about increased lorry traffic to the site, potential odour and flies nuisance.

“Doubling the number of birds won’t necessarily double the impact,” commented Mr Allen.