Recent events have drawn me back to helping with the planning process for livestock buildings in the UK, an area of work left behind 15 years ago to focus on animal health. What has caught my attention in the last 12 months is twofold: there are increasing numbers of individuals attached to the planning process, and the bigger picture of progress is sometimes lost to the insular view of some specialists and interest groups.
Environmental impact has become a major topic for the planning process, not before time. But who is collecting the correct information, and which parts are valid to the planning discussion? Agriculture does not have a good track record on diffuse pollution and we need to plan and act in line with standards applied by other industries.
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