Planning appeal success for egg firm
A planning appeal submitted by Maclean Eggs has now been considered by Scottish Government and the original decision made by Scottish Borders Council last year has been successfully overturned.
Committee members turned down the proposals to build a poultry house to house up to 32,000 free-range hens at Hutton Hall Barns. The committee decision went against the recommendation for approval from its own planning officer even though the proposal had also gained the support from statutory consultees.
A Scottish Government reporter has now reversed that decision, ruling that the project can proceed, stating that the principle of the type of use in this rural location conforms to the development plan and that its size and scale would not be unusual for a modern agricultural building, and is not out of step with some of the farm buildings I observed in the area.
She continues further to note that despite there being a small number of objections made
against the planning application that “there is no evidence of complaints about residential
amenity” and that she had considered residents comments about feeling encircled by poultry
sheds commenting that “at site visit I did not observe such a feeling of enclosure”.
The reporter concluded that “the proposed development accords overall with the relevant
provisions of the development plan and that there are no material considerations which
would still justify refusing to grant planning permission”.
Angela Maclean, owner of MacLean Eggs told us that
“We were delighted to hear the reporters decision to allow our appeal and are looking
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forward to building our new poultry house and progressing with our expansion plans.
2018 has been a great year! Our sister company Border Eggs, won “Egg Producer of the
Year” at the 2018 National Egg & Poultry Awards. The recognition, by some of the most
influential people in our sector, was a great reflection of the daily efforts of our team to look
after our hens to the best standards we can achieve.
Our staff are fantastic at what they do, we are all looking forward producing more Scottish
free-range eggs during 2019. This in turn will create more jobs, all helping to support and
sustain not only our family farm but the local economy too.
Maclean Eggs and Border Eggs are proud to be part of a growing sector producing both
Organic and Free-range, welfare friendly eggs that the consumer desires.”