Green light for duck farm at Fulmodeston, near Fakenham?

A planning notice outside the site.

A planning notice outside the site. - Credit: Archant

Plans to build three giant duck rearing sheds, capable of rearing 35,000 birds, look set to get the go-ahead.

Three neighbouring parish councils and 43 people living around the site have objected to the planning application to build the unit, at Clipstone House Farm.

But planners have recommended North Norfolk councillors approve the plans when they meet next Thursday.

Opponents feared the scheme, proposed by Wighton-based Ralph Harrison and Partners, would lead to the 'industrialisation' of the countryside.

There are also fears over increased lorries using the narrow lanes around the remote site, noise and smells from the units, and its impact on nearby wildlife and habitats.

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But a 28-page report to North Norfolk's development committee recommends approval, subject to no new 'material grounds' of objection, and conditions including the routes lorries will take to and from the site, design of the buildings and landscaping.

'Careful consideration has been given to this application in reaching a recommendation,' it says. 'The proposed buildings are significant in scale in terms of their footprint.

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'However, the siting and landscaping are considered to be acceptable in terms of the visual impact and provide sufficient enhancements in habitat.'

The report says the three buildings would be 92m long, covering a total area of 6,690 sq m.

In a planning statement accompanying the application, agents say: 'A number of other locations were considered for the proposed development but this site was selected on the basis of its proximity to existing farm buildings and distance from residential areas.'

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