SUMMERS Poultry Products in Tanworth-in-Arden has lost its fight to retain two buildings at its abattoir - throwing doubt on almost 100 jobs.
The Cank Farm business appealed to Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles to overturn Stratford District Council’s decision ordering them to remove the holding pen and chiller unit, built in 2007 on green belt land. But the appeal was dismissed by an inspector on February 9.
Farmer John Summers claims the development allows the farm to meet Defra and Food Standards Agency regulations on hygiene and animal welfare, and that 96 workers could lose their jobs if the slaughterhouse is forced to close.
Sarah Faulkner, the NFU’s environmental advisor, said: “Government makes supportive statements about the planning system supporting business but unfortunately this does not always translate at a local level.”
The inspector argued the development had a “harmful visual impact” on the green belt, and that the impact of closure in the community would be “relatively limited” as the 32 local employees could gain employment with a future business occupying the premises.
The company spends £6.5 million in the rural economy and processes around 100,000 chickens a week.