A US- style pig farm could breach human rights

The Midland Pig Producers (MPP) have applied for permission to build a pig-farm, which could house up to 25,000 animals, in South Derbyshire close to a prison and residential housing. However, several organisations, like the organic farmers’ group, the Soil Association and Friends of the Earth are trying to urge the Derby county council to refuse planning permission for the farm on the basis that it poses serious health risks to those living and working there and could breach their right to protection of their private and family life, which includes interference from things such as noise, smell and emissions. The campaigners’ joint letter points out that there is a considerable risk of contamination of the area and the planning authorities have an obligation under the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) to consider the effects of their decision. Their challenge – the first against the scheme under the HRA – will soon receive a response from the council, although no date has yet been set.

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