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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)
1. As an (unpaid) Director of Norfolk Heights Management Ltd, I represent the owners and residents at Norfolk Heights Docking - a residential development on the Sedgeford Road, postcode PE 31 8PW. The development is just less than 2 km to the north east of the site of the proposed poultry farm. It comprises 22 residential units, of small cottages and flats. About fifty percent of the properties have full time residents, the remainder are used regularly as weekend or holiday cottages. The Directors of NHML and the residents strongly object to this proposed development, on the grounds outlined below. 2. Odour pollution There is a very strong likelihood that odours from the site will pollute the surrounding area. Paragraph 6.3.1 of the EIA states that “Any odours also will tend to be carried away from the site by the prevailing wind.”. This statement is a clear admission that properties, in particular those to the North East of the site (since the prevailing wind is from the South West, and the winds are extremely strong) will suffer odour pollution from this development. 3. Public Health/ pollution of the water course We are very concerned at the risk of introducing harmful airborne pathogens into the environment. These will be carried directly downwind towards the residential properties North East of the site, including Norfolk Heights. There is a further concern that these pathogens could enter our public water supplies with resulting damage to health. The EIA document states that “there needs to be an allowance for exceptional rainfall when the attenuation pond/ditch will come in to use.” The recent storms in the North of the UK demonstrate that existing models of the effects of storm and flood are inadequate, and need to be revised. The current model, of a 30 minute exceptional storm in one in 100 years, is clearly inadequate and inappropriate, and must be reassessed. Docking’s drinking water is drawn from the chalk aquifers in the area. There is no surface drainage on the chalk therefore all rainfall permeates the underlying chalk and there is, therefore, great concern that the introduction of harmful pathogens into the local environment so close to the extraction point could result in these pathogens entering the water supplies with consequential risk to public health in the area. 4. Impact on local ecology and wildlife The whole area is a haven for wildlife. The recent State of Nature report highlighted the crisis (the author' word, not mine) in nature and wildlife in the UK. This development risks harm to local wildlife from loss of habitat and potential contamination from the strong chemicals and antibiotics that will be used on the site. Section 24 of the planning application states that the site is not visible from any public footpath or bridleway. This is incorrect – the site would be clearly visible from the Peddars Way, which is an important recreational attraction for locals and tourists alike. There was very strong opposition to this proposal when it went before the Planning Committee, from a range of stakeholders, based on strong evidence and informed opinion. It is a matter of deep regret that the community's elected representatives ignored this overwhelming opposition, and either absented themselves from the discussion, or changed their minds and voted in favour.