Poultry farm permission refused

A proposed chicken farm south east of Bicester prompted 195 letters of objection and has been refused planning permission. 

Published: Friday, 19th June 2020

The unanimous decision came at an online meeting of Cherwell District Council’s planning committee on Thursday 18 June. The applicant had planned a 159-metre long, metal-clad building which could have housed 59,000 birds on land a kilometre east of Lower Arncott.

Reasons for the refusal include harm to the character and appearance of the area and to the ecology and biodiversity of the surroundings. Concerns that chicken manure and other pollutants could be washed into the River Ray and nearby ponds were also cited as reasons. 

Cllr Colin Clarke, lead member for planning, said: “New developments in rural areas must respect the character of our countryside. Councillors feel that this proposal was out of keeping with the Lower Arncott area and could have had significant environmental impacts.”

A three-bedroom house and garage on the site were also part of the proposals. 

Objections came from four parish councils and the impacts on people using a nearby Public Right of Way and on nearby designated Local Wildlife Sites were also factors in the decision.