ANOTHER chicken farm could be built yards from where another was recently given planning permission.

The Morgan family, owners of Trederwen Hall, between the villages of Llandrinio and Arddleen have submitted plans for a 32,000-bird free range egg laying unit.

The proposal is for a new free range poultry building which will be 90 metres long and 33 metres wide to the east of the current farmhouse.

However, Llandrinio and Arddleen Community Council has objected to the proposal over concerns that there is "not enough detail" about how the site would handle the manure that it generates.

Community council clerk Carol Davies said: “Trederwen Lane is a single track lane with no designated passing places to the junction with the A 483.

“Councillors are also concerned about the cumulative effect of the development of such chicken houses within a small area with regard to ammonia levels and also saturation of the ground with chicken manure.”

A design and access statement by agents Roger Parry and Partners, says: “All of the muck will be spread directly on the grassland in line with the farm’s manure management plan.

“The plan identifies the land which the manure will be spread, this is grassland and manure spread at correct rates will be a useful asset for the business.

“The disposal areas mostly lie well away from other residential properties.

“Other local farmers have also indicated they would be interested in taking some of the manure."

The statement adds that the family runs a successful dairy and beef business and the diversification would make the business viable, and would support three generations of the family.

The birds would be brought into the egg production unit for about 14 months, then the flock would be removed, the building cleaned before the cycle begins again.

At the last Powys County Council planning meeting on February 27, planning permission was given to build a 100,000-broiler chicken farm at nearby Lower Trederwen Farm.