'Dismay' at pig fattening farm

RESIDENTS of Largy have told the Northern Constitution they are “totally dismayed” at the sight of a fully operational pig fattening farm in the area.

Retrospective planning for the 600 pig feeding farm on Carrick Avenue has been submitted to Causeway Coast and Glens Council for the existing buildings.

A spokesperson for Causeway Coast and Glens Council said: “The Council received a planning application for "Proposed retention of one pig shed including feed bin, loading ramp and associated site works" at land at 34 Carrick Avenue, Limavady (Reference: LA01/2018/0965/F) on August 01 2018.

“As noted in the description, this planning application seeks planning permission for existing rather than proposed development.

“Planning legislation does not preclude the submission of a planning application for existing development.

“The planning application remains under consideration and no opinion has been formed at this time.”

The site is believed to be a pig fattening farm. At the pig fattening stage, the pigs are housed in larger pens due to their increased size.

After approximately twenty-two weeks the pigs will have reached the target weight the pigs will be transported to the factory.

A spokesperson for residents in the area told the Northern Constitution: “Residents of Carrick Avenue, Largy, and surrounding areas are dismayed to find in their midst a fully operational unplanned pig unit in full production, for the past seven months.

“No one in the vicinity was notified, no public consultations were held, no sustainability carried for such a sensitive area and location.

“The infrastructure is completely unsustainable for all vehicles involved in such an extensive operation.

“When it became apparent what the shed was being used for relevant authorities were alerted, begging the question why was it allowed to restock, instead of being closed down immediately pending further enquiry.

“This would have allowed residents and and the wider area a chance to make known their strong opposition to such an insensitive venture in a completely unsustainable and sensitive area.

“Not only is it situated a mere field length from the River Roe which is used by fishermen, walkers, canoeists, and tourists.

“It is also within the green belt and the southern road leading to the Roe Valley Country Park.”

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