Decision due on plans for second cattle market in Louth
A SECOND cattle market – which has prompted fears over the future of Louth's present livestock market – is to be determined tomorrow.
East Lindsey District Council's planning committee will decide whether or not to grant outline planning permission to Simon Dennis for a new cattle market facility on land next to Windsor House on Fairfield Industrial Estate.
The application also includes plans for a cattle slaughter auction and an auction house to hold other types of sales including farm machinery, woodworking equipment, light commercial vehicles and much more.
The application has been recommended for approval by East Lindsey planning officers.
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Louth Town Council objected to the plans as have businesses Luxus and Fenland Laundry who raised concerns about the impact it will have on the infrastructure of the industrial estate and the highway.
Other objections received include concerns on the effect it will have on the present livestock market on Newmarket, and it would be an agricultural use on a site reserved for industry.
The applicant has said the intention of the new cattle market facility is not to replace the Newmarket site but as a new alternative facility.
There are also concerns that if the application is approved, it could open the doors for an out-of-town supermarket on the present Newmarket site.
In the report to the committee, planning officer Michelle Walker has said the proposed facility would not have a harmful impact on the viability of Louth town centre.
The report states: "A cattle market requires a large site to provide all the facilities and separation of functions needed to comply with animal welfare requirements. Such sites only really exist in the open countryside on the edge of towns or on industrial estates.
"A site within the industrial estate would be in a more sustainable location than that in the countryside and so is sequentially a better choice."
Some objections had raised concerns about smells and noise from the cattle to nearby businesses.
The officer states in the report that because the Newmarket site operates from a mixed use area including residential properties without problems, it is difficult to argue that a cattle market on an industrial estate would lead to problems of odour, noise and disturbance.
The meeting is at 1pm tomorrow (Thursday) at Tedder Hall, Manby.