Pig sty-le: Farmer rules shelter is too posh for his porkers

November 17, 2010 | by | 4 Comments

A Cotswold farmer yesterday slammed ”ridiculous” council planners – after they ruled that his pig shelter was too POSH for his porkers.

Pig sty-le: Farmer rules shelter is too posh for his porkers

Stunned Julian Davies, 68, carried out urgent repairs on the 200-year-old building as his Gloucester Old Spots prepared to give birth.

He installed concrete blocks to hold up the ”falling down” structure, replaced the roof and installed old double-glazed windows from his home.

But the building is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and planners say the modifications are out of character with the landscape.

Pig sty-le: Farmer rules shelter is too posh for his porkers

They insist the adjustments are ”unnecessary” and are considering enforcement action to get the barn back to its former state.

Farmer Julian, who runs 44-acre Lyncroft Farm farm with wife Susan, 53, and son William, 23, slammed the measures as ”absurd”.

He said: ”The barn was falling down and we had to do something, so we put up concrete blocks and some old double glazed windows from the house in for light.

”The pigs would not have survived the winter if we had left the barn as it was.

Pig sty-le: Farmer rules shelter is too posh for his porkers

”They are hardly living in luxury, they are living like normal pigs in a barn with concrete walls, a concrete floor and straw.

”The barn was not suitable to keep pigs in before we had the work done, piglets would have died.”

Julian – who has run Lyncroft Farm near Bourton-on-the-Water, Glos., for 15 years – renovated the 40ft x 15ft barn last winter to provide a warm, dry shelter for his pigs and their piglets.

He bricked up the open front with breeze blocks, used old doubled-glazed windows which had recently been replaced at his house, and rebuilt the roof complete with old velux windows.

But Cotswold District Council received complaints from neighbours who feared he may be converting the building into a holiday home.

Pig sty-le: Farmer rules shelter is too posh for his porkers

Julian insists the former chicken barn can has only been changed to allow the pigs to move in and would never be suitable for a domestic dwelling.

”There is no way the building could be used as a house,” he said. ”It has no electricity, no running water and no access.”

The barn has concrete stys inside the building, which house the two sows and a small number of fattening weaners.

Julian was contacted by planning officials, who are meeting tonight (Weds) in Cirencester to discuss whether to take enforcement action.

Joanna Lishman, planning officer at the council, said the new features ”undermined” the building’s traditional simplicity and were out of place in the picturesque setting.

She said: ”It’s not necessary to meet the functional needs of providing shelter for livestock.”

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  1. emma says:

    Good on you for providing a warm safe place for your livestock. What would they prefer? A run down ramshackle place where pigs are cold and risk dying!
    It is clear the allegations are unfounded, this man has no intention of making it into a holiday home. Leave him alone and let farmers get through these hard times and LOOK AFTER THEIR ANIMALS (more than can be said for some farmers) without fancy pandy interference from office workers who haven’t got a clue as long as they have something nice to look at!!!

  2. Magsnags says:

    Find a decent farmer who actually cares for his livestock and he gets into trouble. Yet had they been allowed to suffer by living in their previous unsuitable home and he would have been convicted of cruelty and fined. Sometimes you just can’t win!!

  3. 123secret says:

    He’s been running the farm for 15 years but the barn was “falling down”? Maybe he should have looked after it before, then!

    If you take on a historic building, you have to accept resposibility for its preservation, not just decide it’s too much bother. The odd thing is that the roof looks as though it’s been properly done, so why not do the walls well too? He’ll have a pile of fieldstone that could have been used.

  4. Ridgetile says:

    The guy is only looking after the pigs and given them a good home. The arseholes that are complaing are upset because they dont have a house like it.

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