Poultry Farm & Slaughterhouse Application

16.04.2019 – Poultry Farm & Slaughterhouse Update – Planning Permission is again ‘Refused’.

I’ve finally received notification that the proposed poultry farm and slaughterhouse planning application to be sited nearby has been refused again by HDC planning officers under delegated powers.

We can at last breathe easy again but must all remain alert in case they come back for another try and watch out for any other predatory and totally unsuitable planning applications just on our boundary.

Cllr’s Brian Rush & Ray Bisby and I would like to thank all of you that took the time to write in and email your objections, those of you that helped with the petitions and the residents of Farcet and their Parish Council for fighting this alongside us.

18th January 2019 – Poultry Farm & Slaughterhouse Latest

I’d hoped by now to be updating you with the news that this totally unsuitable application had been refused and hopefully kicked into the long grass forever but once again we are left frustrated by the HDC planning department.

Time had run out before Christmas for the applicant to submit the sequential test and it is therefore a simple decision to refuse the application as the applicant has failed to comply with the request in the excessive time allowed.

However HDC continue to make excuses about workload and who will make the final decision which is unacceptable and would just not be accepted at PCC.

Hopefully we’ll get the news we all want soon but in the meantime I’ll be writing to the chief executive to share my deep concerns at the unfairness and delay in making a decision.

10th December 2018 – Latest 

HDC have finally set a deadline date of 21st December for the applicant to submit the sequential test.

The sequential test is in my opinion our strongest hope of getting this totally unsuitable application finally kicked into the long grass. It’s a very strong reason to refuse the development and I’ll be surprised if the applicant can provide the evidence required.

The time allowed to submit the sequential test has though been unacceptably long so it is good to see the pressure to set an end date has finally paid off.

If the applicant can’t submit the justification then the application has to be refused. Should however the test be submitted in time, officers will then need to decide whether or not to recommend the application on the evidence submitted.

If that happens the decision will pass to their planning committee.

More as I get it.

Urgent Reminder – Be sure you submit your comments regarding the Poultry Farm & Slaughterhouse Planning Application by midnight tomorrow Tuesday 10th July 2018.

If you wish to object to this new application which proposes to site a poultry farm & slaughterhouse in exactly the same place and using the same production process and severely putting at risk the amenity of all of us that live in the Stanground South area and further afield of our neighbours in Farcet and the rest of Stanground, then please take time to comment using this link –


Or if you prefer or are experiencing any problems posting your comments on-line, you can email HDC direct using this email address


remembering to quote the application number. 18/00935/OUT

I’d like to express my sincere thanks to everyone that gave up their precious time for the community delivering the leaflet.

Without you guys many people simply would still be unaware of this new application.

Between us we have delivered to a large area of Stanground, Park Farm and Cardea.

It is always difficult to gauge just how far to go but we all did what was possible with the 2000 leaflets. Let’s hope everyone appreciates the effort and acts to submit their comments.

Well done.

Update 26th June 2018

Not surprisingly HDC have advised that they won’t consider your previous objections to this application.

If you wish to object to this new application which proposes to site a poultry farm & slaughterhouse in exactly the same place and using the same production process and severely putting at risk the amenity of all of us that live in the Stanground South area and further afield of our neighbours in Farcet and the rest of Stanground, then please take time to comment using this link –


or write directly to Huntingdonshire District Council Planning Department, Pathfinder House, St Mary’s Street Huntingdon Cambridgeshire PE29 3TN quoting the application number. 18/00935/OUT

I’m very pleased that our MP Shailesh Vara has pledged his support to us again helping to fight this application.

There’s no guarantee we can stop this, but if hardly anyone objects from the thousands who are very likely to be affected, then it will likely go through.

Better to have tried and lost than to have just rolled over and given up. Even if they get permission we may be able to put in some stringent operating conditions.

Come on people we need your support, if you haven’t already please submit your own personal objections.

Closing date for comments is July 10th.

Application number 12/01847/OUT


Update 7th December 2017

Great news. It’s a ‘NO’ to the Poultry Farm & Slaughterhouse outline planning application to the South of Cardea.

Huntingdonshire District Council has decided to refuse the outline application for two substantial reasons.

Our huge thanks go to everyone that helped oppose this by way of collecting signatures on written and on-line petitions and for sending in your own personal objections to what would have been a totally unsuitable process to be sited so close to our homes and schools.

We need though to remember that the applicant does have the right to appeal the decision within the next 6 months. Be assured that we stand ready to fight again should this happen.

Reason 1. The application site lies within a ‘high probability’ Flood Zone (Flood Zone 3 of the Environment Agency Flood Zone Map and Flood Zone 3 of the Council’s Updated 2017 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment) and therefore the applicant is required to undertake a Sequential Test to determine if there are reasonably available alternative sites at a lower probability of flooding within the geographical area proposed to be served by the development. The applicant has not submitted evidence of a Sequential Test and has therefore failed to demonstrate there are no other reasonably available sites at a lower probability of flooding for this development.

Reason 2. Residential development in the countryside is strictly limited to that which has an essential need to be located there for reasons of protecting the intrinsic character and appearance of the countryside, and promoting sustainable patterns of development. The proposed dwellinghouse would be of a permanent construction and does not meet the policy test of supporting an existing well-established and viable agricultural enterprise. As such it would not meet an essential need and would conflict with the objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Update 5th December 2017

HDC Planning Office have today confirmed they have recommended refusal of the planning application for a Poultry Farm & Slaughterhouse to the South of Cardea.

However, whilst this is very positive news I must stress at this time, that the final decision has yet to be made.

HDC work differently to PCC in that even when the decision is made they don’t send out the decision to objectors or ward councillors? This is a very strange process but rest assured, I have a contact who will let me know when the decision is made and the reasons why?

Update 8th October 2017

Here’s the latest received from the Senior Development Management Officer at HDC yesterday.

“Since our last email exchange I have made good progress with writing a report on this application and will soon submit the report to a manager for consideration. Once a manager has considered the report and is satisfied that a decision can be taken (either by the committee or officers as applicable in accordance with the scheme of delegation), I will indicate a likely timescale for a decision.

“I have made the parish council aware of the current situation”.

I have requested to address the planning committee if and when this comes before them.

Update 20th July 2017 –  

Latest from HDC.

Dear Cllr

Thank you for your email. My team are currently reviewing the 4000 + letters of objection. Unfortunately this is not a quick task. It is therefore unlikely that a decision will be made before September. We will be discussing an extension of time to the application with the applicant.

Andrew Cundy
Development Management Team Leader

I am pushing to ensure the HDC planning committee make the decision on this application and not a government inspector should the planning dept run out of time and the applicant appeal. What we don’t want is an unelected and unaccountable government official deciding this application.

Update 1st May – The on-line petition has now closed with 1124 Signatures and over 500 on-line objections. The petition has been forwarded to HDC. Don’t forget though that you have until midnight tomorrow (2nd May)  to get those objections in to HDC using the link below. Thank you for all your support.

Update 27th April – Don’t forget you have until midnight on the 2nd May to get those objections in to HDC using the link below. Currently the on line petition has 1080 names and the HDC objections are are 533!

Update 24th April – By tomorrow our army of helpers will have delivered 2000 leaflets throughout Cardea, Park Farm and Stanground. There are currently 1000 names on the on-line petition and over 280 Objections logged on HDC website.

Update 19th April – Paper Petitions are now available in Fishtastic and Morrisons in Cardea.

Update 18th April – One troll’s post removed from the on-line petition – Sad.

Original Post

Peterborough City Council has just been notified about a revised planning application being received  by the neighbouring authority of Huntingdonshire District Council. However, we as residents of Cardea, Park Farm & Stanground were not considered as necessary contributors in the consultation process run by HDC.  We have put this right.

I am extremely concerned that the proposed site for this poultry farm and slaughter house is in very close proximity to residential properties in Cardea and Farcet (one property is just just 50 metres away) and not much further from Park Farm and Stanground.

I have serious fears about the likely impact of the facility on residents amenity in terms of odour, pollution, the fact the area is a flood plain and that this is something that will likely cause more congestion at what is already a nightmare of a junction of Whittlesey Road and Ramsey Road towards Pondersbridge should HGV drivers find Farcet Village and Yaxley too difficult a route to the A1.

The original closing date for comments was 21st April. However, I have managed to secure an extension for the receipt of comments to Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

Use this link to view the proposal and make your comments now.


You can also sign the online petition using this link


Or you can now sign the paper petitions available in Fishtastic and Morrisons in Cardea.