This page provides information on the Action Plan [PDF - 31.61kb] that has been agreed between Stoneleigh Cottage Poultry Farm and the Environment Agency.
A Detailed Assessment was undertaken during 2009 in relation PM10 emissions from the poultry farm, which is regulated by the Environment Agency under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010. An AQMA was subsequently declared in February 2010 for a breach of the 24-h mean PM10 air quality objective.
The District Council has no regulatory control over the poultry farm and it is therefore recognised that the Environment Agency will take the lead in working with the Operator of the poultry farm to prepare and implement an Action Plan. The District Council is in close liaison with the Environment Agency, whose officers are working with the Operator of the poultry farm to implement measures to reduce PM10 emissions.
An Action Plan was prepared by the Operator of the poultry farm and submitted to the Environment Agency in April 2010, following on from which the detailed actions were implemented. The poultry farm was also subjected to an on site audit [pdf 45kb] by an Environment Agency Lead Technical Adviser for Intensive Farming in September 2010. The audit found that the farm was being operated at the current industry 'best practice' and in some cases beyond, for example downtimes and bedding usage. A number of recommendations for good practice were made in the report. Both documents are available to download below.
It is not possible to quantify the likely impact of the proposed measures, although the Operator considers that the stated actions will be sufficient to reduce the number of exceedances of the 24-h mean to below the air quality objective.
The key measures in the 2010 Action Plan are detailed below and all have now been implemented:
- Alterations to the management of the bird environment, timeliness of operations and the altering of onsite vehicle movements
- New ventilation rates to be set, along with a recalculation of heater settings, minimising air flow leaving the poultry sheds
- Where possible, ventilation fans on the southern end of the shed roofs are to be used for ventilation purposes to minimise emissions at the northern boundary of the site
- Birds to be housed on wood shavings to reduce dust, with optimal litter conditions to be achieved during the rearing cycle to minimise dust
- Alterations to the mucking out and washing processes so these activities will occur over a 3 - 4 day period rather than the previous 5 - 6 day period, with consideration given to wind direction and strength at these times
- Down stocking during summer months