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on December 10, 2013

Ministry of Justice opposes 25,000-unit pig facility in Foston, England

Midland Pig Producers battling with Foston Community Forum campaigners over proposed development

The Ministry of Justice has written to the Derbyshire, England, County Council to oppose granting planning permission to Midland Pig Producers (MPP) in a battle with local Foston Community Forum campaigners over a proposed 25,000-unit intensive pig facility in Foston, England.

The Ministry cited "operational traffic, odor, noise, impact on the listed Foston Hall [and] operational implications for emergency procedures" among other issues as reasons for concern, noting: "The secretary of state is responsible for the safe operation of prison property, as well as those who are accommodated in or are users of its property." The Ministry of Justice had previously refused to take a position regarding the proposal.

Jim Davies, spokesman for the Foston Community Forum, said: "We are incredibly pleased that the Ministry of Justice has taken on board the concerns we have been raising for four years now. A facility of this size and nature is an industrial site. We have no reason to believe it will not release harmful emissions and create an environment for prisoners, prison staff and local residents conducive to stress and stress-related disorders.

"Clearly it is not appropriate for it be located within 100m of anyone - but particularly not vulnerable female prisoners, who would be unable to move away. Derbyshire County Council must recognize what we all know to be unacceptable and deny planning permission."

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