Cllr Andy Boddington has been on the Southern Shropshire planning committee for seven years.
He confesses to feeling hamstrung by the lack of policy guidance on intensive poultry units in either the county’s local plan, or the government’s national planning policy framework.
“It’s really frustrating that we don’t have the tools in our planning toolbox to get to grips with applications,” he says.
“I think there’s a culture in the planning department of saying, ‘Oh, it’s another chicken shed – let’s approve it’. We no longer have a planning machine, we have a permitting regime. It’s not about strategic planning at all.”
The strategic planning of the economy should be done by county councillors, should it?
A bird costs less than a pint: welcome to Britain’s poultry capital
There is a simple answer to that of course. Make pints cheaper.