Causeway Coast and Glens Council is starting a fresh round of consultations regarding plans for a new pig farm just outside Limavady.
The Planning Department at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council confirmed it had received a planning application for proposed pig breeding units at land off Moys Road, approximately 170m south west of 171 Glenhead Road, Limavady on 30th December 2014.
A Council spokesperson said: “On 28th January 2015 the Department determined that the proposed development would likely have significant effects on the environment, therefore an environmental statement was required. This determination was accepted by the applicant and the Environmental Statement was provided to the Council within the specified six months on 29th June 2015.
“Council is now proceeding to initiate a fresh round of consultations on the basis of the Environmental Statement. No opinion has been formed on the development at this time,” said the Council spokesperson.
The planning application has been submitted by farmer Tommy Simpson.
Mr. Simpson told the ‘Journal’, if approved, it would mean approximately 2,200 sows would be in the units, with around 40,000 pigs going through the farm. He said there would be no more than 20,000 pigs on site at any stage because once they reach the stage where they weigh 30kg they would be moved to one of the other farms involved in the venture. Mr Simpson said the venture, which has been in the pipeline for four years, could create up to one dozen jobs, and believed it would also safeguard jobs in the industry as the pigs would be slaughtered and processed at the Karro pork manufacturing company in Cookstown.
Mr Simpson added, if approved, he would hope construction would take a year. When asked if he was aware of the controversy surrounding the Halls Farm pig farm development plan in Newtownabbey, Mr Simpson said his was “miniature compared to that”, and added there had not been one objection to his application.
In a separate matter, Causeway Coast and Glens Council also confirmed it received a planning application for a poultry house for 35,000 broilers at Pollysbrae Road, Limavady. “On 26th May 2015, Council determined that the proposed development did not need to be accompanied by an Environmental Statement,” said a Council spokesperson. “The application remains under consideration and no opinion has been formed at the present time.”