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Meeting called over milk processing plant plans
8:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
Grassington Parish Council has called a special meeting to update residents on controversial plans to extend a milk processing plant at the village’s Town Head Farm.
Last month, the planning committee of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority approved the application on the casting vote of its chairman.
However, as the decision went against the advice of officers who said the benefits did not outweigh the significant harm that would be caused, the plans will have to be ratified by the committee when it meets again on Tuesday.
The scheme was also opposed by the parish council on the grounds that it would adversely affect the residential amenity of neighbouring properties and the environment of the surrounding area and would result in unacceptable traffic levels.
And 90 people in Grassington had used a survey, instigated by local resident Cynthia Colley, to register their dismay over the application.
But, speaking in favour of the scheme, national park member and county councillor John Blackie said the business was worth £4 million to the local economy, which included £1.3 million in wages, with 55 people being employed and 15 local farms dependent upon the plant to process their milk.
“Sustainability and local prosperity does not come without a price,” he said.
The parish council has called a special meeting for tonight so it can update residents and decide on any further action.
The meeting will take place in the Octagon Theatre at 7.30pm, and is open to all.
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