More than 5,000 objections to Limavady pig farm plan

The site of the proposed pig farm on the outskirts of Limavady.

The site of the proposed pig farm on the outskirts of Limavady.

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There have been more than 5,000 objections to a proposed pig farm on the outskirts of Limavady, the ‘Journal’ can reveal.

The pig farm application from farmer Tommy Simpson is with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for planning approval. Mr. Simpson told the ‘Journal’ 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.

A spokesperson for Causeway Coast and Glens Council said “the application remains under consideration and at this time it is not known when the application will be presented to the Planning Committee”.

The Council spokesperson said approximately 5,365 objections have been received in regards to the application. Council is undergoing consultation with a a numnber of agencies including NIEA and the DARD. The spokesperson said: “At present, there are consultees that are yet to respond.”

Local residents have mounted a campaign, which global animal welfare organisation, PETA, is backing.