Councillors divided over abattoir

COUNCILLORS are divided on whether a £3million abattoir should be built on a business park.An application by C & K Meats, of Brome, near Eye, to create the abattoir in an existing warehouse at Eye Business Park was rejected by Mid Suffolk District Council last year.

By John Howard

COUNCILLORS are divided on whether a £3million abattoir should be built on a business park.

An application by C & K Meats, of Brome, near Eye, to create the abattoir in an existing warehouse at Eye Business Park was rejected by Mid Suffolk District Council last year.

A second application, lodged 15 months ago and including plans for extensions, has never been voted upon because delays within the planning department led to an appeal being lodged with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). There has been also a fresh application to build the abattoir on a greenfield site at nearby Yaxley.


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The Eye Business Park site appeal starts on Tuesday , but councillors on the area planning committee meeting at their Needham Market council chambers were yesterday discussing what they would have decided had the application proceeded.

The abattoir, which would also include a meat processing operation on the site, would be expected to take up to 2,000 pigs, 600 sheep and 250 cattle a week, and would need 45 full-time and 10 part-time employees, with operations only being undertaken Monday to Friday.

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A report from officers suggested councillors should have refused the scheme, on similar grounds to those used to reject the first application. It claims the abattoir would be an inappropriate development for the business park because of the presence there of existing food businesses.

Eye Town Council has also objected fearing problems including smells, but supporters of the development told the meeting yesterday of other abattoirs that have been operating elsewhere in the country near food operations quite happily.

District councillors voted five to three in favour of their officers' recommendation that permission would have been refused.

The Eye Business Park appeal will now start next week at the district council offices in Needham Market and is expected to last for at least two days.

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