UK’s Environment Agency calls for public consultation on Pengwedna poultry farm


UK-based Richland Foods has submitted a permit application to the Environment Agency for an egg-laying chicken farm at Pengwedna Poultry Farm, Nancegollan, Helston, Cornwall.

Richland Foods’ proposal relates to the provision of four multi-tier free range egg-laying buildings, which will accommodate a total of 112,000 hens.

In response to this application, the agency has called in for a public drop-in event at Nancegollan Village Hall later this month to gather public views and suggestions on Richland Foods’ new farm.

The environmental permit purely focuses on the assessment of activities and the control of emissions from within the site boundary, as well as the impact on the environment and people’s health.

"Richland Foods’ proposal relates to the provision of four multi-tier free range egg-laying buildings, which will accommodate a total of 112,000 hens."

Areas that will be considered by the agency include general management, accident management, energy efficiency, efficient use of raw materials, and waste recovery.

The Environment Agency will also focus on permitted activities, operating techniques, as well as emissions to water, air and land.

The government agency noted that issues such as choice of location of the site, traffic movements to and from the site, visual impact, operating hours, as well as light pollution will be taken care of by the Cornwall Council’s planning application process.

The public event will be held on 18 October at the Nancegollan Village Hall.