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New poultry houses to replace those damaged in huge fire

Plans have been submitted to replace two poultry houses which were destroyed in a huge fire last summer.

Bell Mills Farm in Skerne Road has applied to replace the buildings, which each housed more than 24,000 birds, on a like-for-like basis.

A report by specialist agricultural and rural planning consultant Ian Pick which accompanies the planning application, states: “The development is for like-for-like replacement of the fire-damaged buildings, and the scale of the poultry farming operations at Bell Mills Farm will remain unchanged following the development.

“The proposed replacement poultry houses will each accommodate 24,373 birds. This capacity is the same as the buildings which were destroyed.”

Fire broke out at the farm on the evening of 2nd July last year and in total, eight fire engines and an aerial fire unit were operating at the scene for more than 24 hours, until firefighters were satisfied the incident no longer needed monitoring.

The application to East Riding of Yorkshire Council says that the site operates with seven full-time workers on a shift pattern.

If approved, the new poultry houses will be 94m x 20m, erected on the existing concrete bases of the fire-damaged units, and the site layout will not change as a result of the development.

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