End in Sight for Banham's Rendering Plant?

UK - Banham Poultry may be forced to close its rendering plant following a long campaign against it by local residents.
calendar icon 7 November 2008
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A Norfolk poultry firm looks set to be told to take down its controversial rendering plant after years of campaigning by villagers, reports Norwich Evening News 24.

More than 100 people packed into a meeting at Broadland Council's offices in Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, last night to discuss Banham Compost's rendering plant at Great Witchingham, north-west of Norwich.

It saw councillors vote unanimously for action to get the firm's buildings at Clay Hall Farm demolished.

Planning permission for a rendering plant was given in 2003 but the development put up by Banham is bigger and has a taller chimney and different measures to deal with noise and smell.

Planning committee chairman David Thompson said, "I really think they have got to the end of the road.

"There was no one from Banham Poultry speaking there last night, which I think tells the story."

Phil Courtier, head of development, management and conservation at Broadland, said the only real option the council now saw was to have the building demolished and this was what councillors had now asked for.

Banham has the option to appeal against the enforcement action.

A spokesman for Banham said it would not be appropriate to comment until after the November 14 meeting, accroding to the Evening News article.

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