A MAN who stored animal carcasses at a farm in Pillerton Priors before their transfer has been fined £30,000 for being in breach of planning controls.
Tom Goodman, of Farm Waste Services, was prosecuted last Thursday at South Warwickshire Magistrates Court, in Leamington, for failing to comply with planning enforcement notices served by Warwickshire County Council, requiring him to stop using buildings at Dickensbury Farm as an animal carcass transfer station. He admitted the offence.
Although Stratford District Council initially granted Goodman permission for an open fronted barn on the site in April 2009 by September that year the first breach of planning control at the farm was recorded by county council planners.
After the council refused Goodman’s three subsequent planning applications to upgrade the site—the most recent being June this year—he was prosecuted for non-compliance with planning enforcement notices already served on him.
In effect, he was ordered to stop using farm buildings as an animal carcass transfer station but failed to do so.
The storage facility has been fiercely opposed by local residents and Pillerton Priors Parish Council who argued the odour, the threat of cross contamination to land and water supplies, plus increased traffic congestion caused by vehicles removing the carcasses was “totally unsustainable” and a “disaster wait-ing to happen.”
They raised objections following the three unsuccessful planning applications made by Goodman to have farm buildings converted at the site so he could manage the collection and storage of animal carcasses over a number of days before transfer and disposal.
“The operation carried out by Mr Goodman. . . caused great distress to local residents who were continually subjected to foul smells from the building and transport vehicles,” a county council spokesperson said.
As well as the fine Goodman was ordered to pay £2,250 costs.
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