Pig farmer says 152-home development would kill off his family's 62-year-old business

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Jan 2018

Laceby parish councillors have rallied round a local pig farmer aiming to make a stink about another proposed housing development in their village.

Humberside Land Developers Ltd has submitted renewed plans for 152 houses in a field off Field Head Road, Laceby.

A previous similar application was turned down by a planning inspector because of the risk of the smell impacting on prospective residents.

Jay Everett, for planning consultants, Addison said: “This promotes the growth of local neighbourhoods by meeting the demands at the affordable end of the housing market and aids local housing market renewal.

“For this development site, discussions have been undertaken with Amanda Waldron, Affordable Housing Lead Officer, Economy, Directorate for Place, North East Lincolnshire Council to assist in providing affordable housing in the context of a changed affordable housing funding regime.


Laceby pig farmer John Starkey, who is opposed to plans to build 152 homes on land near his pig farm. He is pictured with his grandsons, Joseph Starkey, 10 and George Starkey, 6.

“The proposal has the potential to provide a mix of housing tenures to meet local need, offering a range of rented and intermediate tenure dwellings.”

But at a meeting of Laceby parish council, pig farmer, John Starkey urged councillors to renew their objection to the development and said his family had operated an intensive pig farm for 62 years and he hoped the business would provide a livelihood for one of his sons and his family.

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He said that for 30 years there had been a planning requirement that there should be no development within 400 metres of any livestock unit.

He said: “My legitimate business activities create a number of unavoidable physical effects, including the generation of noise, smell, flies, vehicle movements, delivery and collection, manure handling, storage and disposal. These are potentially 24-hour effects in some case and certainly otherwise outside recognised office hours, when most domestic property occupiers would be seeking not to be disturbed.”

He said the development would cause the owners or occupiers of the new homes and himself, great distress.

Mr Starkey said: “I believe that if the proposed development is permitted, complaints and general operational difficulties will eventually drive my family out of business.”


Some of the 130 pigs looked after by Laceby pig farmer John Starkey who is opposed to plans to build 152 homes on land near his pig farm.

He said residents will end up with no option but to complain to the North East Lincolnshire Council about the 130 pigs he looks after.

He said the choice of location was “inappropriate.”

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Mr Starkey said: “They may remove the boundary (400-metre zone) but they won’t remove the smell. They (residents) will be sat out on Saturday and Sunday with a barbecue and the wind will change direction and I will get into trouble.”

Parish council chairman, David Marshall claimed the village of Laceby was being “raped” due to the number of housing developments.

Objectors have until January 25 to submit their views to North East Lincolnshire planners, the meeting was told.

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Councillor Marshall said the previous application had been refused a year ago but was resubmitted in October. Councillors renewed their objections.

“Laceby is being overwhelmed. But nothing is being done about the infrastructure,” he said.


The A46 Laceby Bypass where council chairman David Marshall wants to see a new roundabout.

He proposed the developers should be told to build a roundabout on the Laceby bypass because 152 new homes would add at least 300 vehicles to the village’s road network.

Residents also voiced concerns about flooding in the area and the felling of trees, which are a natural habitat for wildlife, if the development was approved.

The application is due to be assessed by council planners later this year.

Brian Fragle, chairman of Laceby Residents Group, which has 40 members said a meeting will be taking place in the village at a time and venue to be announced and he urged residents to get in touch with him by email at brian@waynesworld.net

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