- Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Singleton Council has approved a controversial intensive duck farm for Howes Valley.
On Monday night councillors heard eight submissions including three in support before voting to approve the development application, subject to 47 consent conditions.
A dozen sheds are part of the plans for the Putty Road site to house 22,000 ducks.
Howes Valley resident Jodie Green spoke in support of the duck farm and says she is pleased councillors approved the DA.
"Very, very happy," she said.
"It's a good decision made by council for the duck farm.
"It's good for the valley, it's good for everyone I'd say."
Ms Green says not all locals oppose the development.
"No, not everyone's opposed, it was seen that everyone was opposed," she said.
"The people who were for it have kept quiet for a very long time thinking it would get by on its own merits.
But we had to speak up and say they weren't opposing it, we were all for it in the end.
So, job opportunities and the rest for the valley, so its good."
But Emma Hurst from Animal Liberation, who also addressed council, says she is disappointed with the way the matter was handled.
"It's very unfortunate that council didn't really consider and put much effort into considering the fact that the current development application is actually prohibited under the current LEP," she said.
"That wasn't put into consideration even though they were legally required to put consideration into that."
Animal Liberation will now discuss with Howes Valley residents whether to appeal against the approval in the Land and Environment Court.
Ms Hurst says local residents will now be asked to consider their options.
"There is certainly grounds for appeal, I've already had legal advice on the matter prior to actually coming here," she said.
"So certainly, the fact that it wasn't considered that it is prohibited under the current LEP does give grounds to the fact that it could be appealed.
"And, that's something we will be discussing with the 35 locals that are very much against the submission."