Axminster dairy farm given green light for purpose-built slurry lagoon

An established dairy farm near Axminster can develop a purpose-built slurry lagoon, planners have determined.

Bagley Hill Farm needs the facility to meet current and future needs, and to improve slurry storage in a Catchment Sensitive Farming Area.

A purpose-built lagoon will enable the farm to improve the way it manages waste and reduce the likelihood of pollution.

The application, which was granted delegated approval, was supported by Axminster Town Council and the district’s ward member, Councillor Andrew Moulding.

A planning officer’s report explains the application met requirements for development in open countryside. The lagoon is proposed for a vicinity where slurry is already stored.

The report states: “The need for the development is to increase the slurry storage capacity of the holding to rectify the current under capacity and to accommodate slurry resulting form the proposed increase in stock.”

A deficiency in the farm’s existing slurry storage facilities was identified in an audit.

East Devon District Council said the plan will not be detrimental to nearby residents and that it will not lead to an unacceptable increase in traffic.

The applicant has been granted conditional approval, which includes a landscaping plan.

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