Neighbours not notified about pig farm plan

The site of the proposed pig farm outside Limavady at Moys Road.
The site of the proposed pig farm outside Limavady at Moys Road.

Fresh consultations into plans for a pig farm outside Limavady will not involve notifying neigbours, writes Sheena Jackson.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Planning Department received the application in December 2014 and determined the proposed development at Moys Road “would likely have significant effects on the environment”, and said an environmental statement was required.

Consultations are ongoing and consultees include NI Water, Environmental Health, Shared Environmental Services, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the Loughs Agency and Transport NI.

Responses are likely to take at least three weeks, a council spokesperson said explaining Causeway Council’s Planning Department confirmed no addresses will receive neighbour notification, as none fall within the terms of Council’s neighbour notification scheme.

“The neighbour notification scheme comprises occupiers of buildings on neighbouring land which are within 90 metres of the boundary of the application site.

Neighbouring land is defined as land which directly adjoins the development site or would adjoin it but for an entry or road less than 20 metres in width. Neighbours are notified where properties fall within the terms of the above scheme.”

A resident who lives less than half a mile away from the proposed site said the decision not to nofity neighbours was “disgraceful as we are the ones who will have to live beside this. We won’t be gaining anything from it, just losing from it. We’re not happy.”