Campaigners vow to keep on fighting

Upton residents are concerned over the potential development on nearby land, which will mean the building of a new pig farm, with upwards of 1,500 pigs.'L to R) Julie Carritt, Andrea Whiteley, Lynn Crossley, Don Crossley, Denise Pallett with son, Daniel.'h7651a205
Upton residents are concerned over the potential development on nearby land, which will mean the building of a new pig farm, with upwards of 1,500 pigs.'L to R) Julie Carritt, Andrea Whiteley, Lynn Crossley, Don Crossley, Denise Pallett with son, Daniel.'h7651a205
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Campaigners have vowed to keep on fighting after plans to build a 1,500-animal pig farm within metres of their homes were given the go ahead by a planning inspector.

The Express reported in September how plans to build three livestock buildings housing 1,500 pigs on land just off Beaconfield Road, Upton, were refused by Wakefield Council’s planning committee.

But Townsend Planning Consultants, acting on behalf of applicant Chris Hopkinson, appealed and planning permission was granted for three livestock buildings, housing up to 500 pigs each.

Following the decision, Michael Townsend told the Express he hoped the farm would be completed by the end of this year.

But residents have said they will fight against the plans once again.

Diane West, 51, of Quarry Lane, said: “We have got to keep fighting. One voice is no good. Everybody needs to come together for the good of the village.

“All of our concerns are the same. Nothing has changed on that front.”

Despite giving the go ahead to the livestock buildings the inspector agreed with the council’s refusal for a mobile home to be located on the site.

Some campaigners said they thought the development would not go ahead without the home.

Julie Carritt, 47, of Beaconfield Road, said: “I will wait and see what happens. I think it’s dead in the water.

“The main thing he needed was that mobile home. I don’t see how they are going to run the farm without it.”

“Until I see the sheds starting to be built, I’m happy.”