Cookham chicken farm moves a step closer after 'chicken coops' are installed

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Cookham chicken farm moves a step closer after 'chicken coops' are installed

The on-going controversy over plans for a large chicken farm in Cookham has taken a fresh turn after a chicken coop was apparently installed on the site.

The unit appeared on land between Lightlands Lane and Strande Lane on Tuesday afternoon.

It follows work carried out early last week and completed by Wednesday, May 11, when barriers were set up largely enclosing the area. However, the work leaves the public footpath on the land, a key point for objectors, accessible.

The move follows an application made in April for a certificate of lawfulness to have temporary poultry sheds installed, capable of holding up to 4,000 birds.

Mum-of-three Joanna Leach, who lives in Lightlands Lane said the latest development had left her feeling ‘increasingly distressed’.

She added: “We were euphoric [in February, when the original planning application was thrown out] because we thought it had been covered, belt and braces. But it’s still playing with legal loopholes and we’re still exposed to the potential health issues that could come with it and there’s no common sense being applied.”

A decision on the certificate of lawfulness application is expected by June 20.

The Royal Borough’s planning department has been contacted for comment.

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