No seventh shed for Hutton egg business
A site visit to Hutton Hall Barns, where thousands of free-range hens are kept, has persuaded councillors to refuse permission for a seventh shed.
In the past two years, new applications for poultry buildings to house up to 32,000 free-range hens have been approved by Scottish Borders Council.
However, after this latest application was refused, owner Angela MacLean, of MacLean Eggs, said: “An appeal will be made through the appropriate channels, my aspirations to grow my business remain. This free-range poultry unit would have helped to meet the growing demand for Scottish free-range eggs and create jobs and food in the countryside whilst helping to support and sustain our family farm.”
The planning application for the additional shed attracted 10 letters of objection, plus objections and observations from Hutton and Paxton Community Council and Edrom, Allanton and Whitsome Community Council. The main concern was traffic and road safety issues plus a concern it would result in ‘seven very large poultry buildings with around 140,000 birds encircling a small hamlet of residents’.
Planning officers had acknowledged the concerns but took the view that screening from the buildings would mean no unacceptable adverse impact.