RETROSPECTIVE planning permission has been granted for a slurry lagoon near Greenlaw Mill Farm, Greenlaw.

On Monday, councillors approved the application, despite 11 notices of objection – including one by the town’s community council.

Community councillors cited increased air pollution and offensive odour; increased traffic on the B6364; damage to roadsides; and potential pollution to the water course as their reasons to refuse the proposals.

But planners disagreed and granted retrospective planning permission.
Councillor Scott Hamilton (Cons) said: “I can’t understand the concerns of the roads. There is clear visibility on the road [B6364]. Increased traffic will cause roadside erosion, but that is part and parcel of country living.”

A member of the public, David Mair, who supported of the application said: “The main objection has been the smell.

"But this slurry lagoon will help reduce the number of spreading days, which should in turn reduce the smell.”