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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 July, 2005, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
No appeal for whiff battle farmer
Rookery Farm, Drinkstone
Problems with smells from the farm stretch back more than 10 years
A Suffolk farmer has lost the latest round of a legal battle over the smell from his pig farm.

The so-called "Woolpit Whiff" comes from a rendering plant at Rookery Farm at Drinkstone, near Bury St Edmunds.

The High Court has already ruled the plant breaches planning law. Now farmer John Clarke has been told he cannot appeal against the court's decision.

Villagers in Woolpit have been complaining about the smells from the farm for more than a decade.

Cooking plant

Mid Suffolk District Council has been trying for years on behalf of villagers to put an end to the smells from the farm.

Mr Clarke did have permission to cook swill for his herd of pigs but when he gave up livestock farming in 2002, following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease, he carried on.

The council claimed this industrial use breached the original agricultural planning permission.

Mr Justice Newman found that the use of the cooking plant for industrial rendering did not have planning permission.

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