Flodden site application

A DECISION over whether to grant planning consent for a 24,000-bird chicken shed on a site close to the historic Flodden battlefield, has been deferred to allow for a site visit.

Last week we reported on plans by farmer John Laing, from Cornhill-on-Tweed, for the giant shed on land near Branxton village.

But there has been widespread objection to the scheme, including from 1513 Club chairman, James Bell, the Bishop of Wakefield and George Farr, owner of the nearby Pallinsburn Estate.

An application for the new shed came before Northumberland County Council planners last Thursday night, but was continued to let a site visit take place.

The site of the proposed shed is just quarter-of-a-mile from the battlefield site, where, in 1513, some 5,000 Scottish troops along with their king, James IV, met their end at the hands of an English army under the Earl of Surrey.