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4. Please provide your comments on the environmental permit application received from Newcome-Baker Farms Limited

Please provide your comments on the environmental permit application received from Newcome-Baker Farms Limited (Required)
This application will be managed by a third party' Banham Poultry', there has been no details concerning the running of this factory which as so far stated will have only one full time and one part time employees. There is no information regarding what safeguard there will be during the hours the site is not being manned. Contrary to the applicant claims that there is no danger from odour, litter, and pests,but there can be no guaranteed control for these and many members of the public who live near existing factories state that all these factors are unbearable.The odours are especially strong when the sheds are opened for removal of birds and the cleaning process begins and spent litter removed to be spread on the surrounding area, there is already odour from the fertilizer spread on the fields at certain times of the year. If this factory is allowed there will be more incidents of odour as the turn around for the chickens is only a matter of weeks and the residual litter is to be stored on site. Anglia Water has raised The possible concerns that there is potential risks for contamination to the groundwater supply within the Source Protection Zone 2 designation, within this zone the sheds will be approximately 2 km from the Sedgeford borehole which is the main source of drinking water to both Heacham and Hunstanton. The possible contamination could cause disastrous consequences from both operations. The Environment Agency have raised concerns and imposed various conditions to potential contaminant linkage to controlled water and without which, the proposed development poses an unacceptable risk to the environment. The applicant has omitted to respond to reply to items 8j and 8k as thy are not the operators of the factory but the manure, slurry and waste water will be spread on the land owned by Newcome Baker Farms. The submission for planning permission gives no definitive information of the impact on the Pink Footed Geese or the ground nesting birds as the survey was carried out after the period when the birds would have been nesting. The site is in close proximity to two RSPB sites which will give a serious risk of cross contamination to birds at Titchwell and Snettisham and could be spread to greater areas when the birds migrate. The site is close to the Heacham River and at a higher ground level. Two years ago work was carried out on this chalk river by the Norfolk Rivers Trust, in collaboration with yourselves to improve the natural environment for wildlife and plants therefor any pollution entering this water course will have a devastating effect. The area is attractive to vast numbers of tourists, day trippers,cyclists, walkers, bird watchers, caravan sites, holiday cottages, bed and breakfast houses and hotels, all these will be compromised by this enterprise, it does nothing to add to the economy which the area relies on and employs thousands of people in contrast there will be only one full time and one part time workers employed at this factory. Another important factor is that there are primary schools in both Sedgeford and Docking where children could also be affected. There have been many objections to this proposal by members of the medical profession, including an eminent A & E Consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn who raised serious concerns at the increasing use of antibiotics routinely used in poultry factories which leads an increased reduction in the effect of antibiotics on humans. There is a great risk of emissions and effluents which will be damaging to the health of residents who live in the area from the exposure to airborne dust contaminated with pathogens such as salmonella, campylobacter, MRSA and E.coli, asthma and bronchitis. There were 10 Parish Councils and Hunstanton Town Parish Council and 5,700 well informed people registered on their website raising legitimate objections to this planning application all of which were totally disregarded by the King's Lynn Borough Council Planning Committee and the permission was passed by 9 votes for the applicant to 4 votes against, it also seems that the applicant was so sure of the outcome that he did not even bother to attend. The total of Councillors is somewhere in the region of 21 and surely on such an important issue 9 councillors should not have enough power to pass this application, it does not seem democratic and surely a majority of Councillors should attend after all they are elected and paid out of tax payers money to serve the public. You state your broad remit means that you play a major role in people's daily life, from the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. Many people in the surrounding communities sincerely trust you mean it and do not grant this licence.