After the granting of planning permission in June 2014 a public meeting was called by members of the Leighton community. Many people turned up to discuss next steps regarding the farm. It was decided by the community to form a liaison group – Leighton Community Group – to work in partnership with Mr Fraser Jones and Powys County Council Planning Department. The Group’s aim is to keep the local community informed and involved as Lower Leighton Farm expands. The new Group seeks to ensure the numerous planning conditions associated with the expansion are met in order to maintain and protect our community’s quality of life. The aim being to bring the Lower Leighton expansion project to fruition in an efficient manner whilst causing the least possible disruption to the village.

A new site has been set up by the group and can be accessed here:

Leighton Community Group hope the new website will be a place where people can comment on the expansion of the farm, raise any concerns, note how the planning conditions are being implemented and discuss any issues with the construction and operation of the dairy.

Please visit the site where you will be able to sign up for email updates for the latest news on the development.

The time has come for us all to work together for the best possible outcomes for the community of Leighton.

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15 August 2014 – end of CALFe

CALFe members met recently to discuss the future of the group. It was decided that following the granting of final approval for the expansion of Lower Leighton Farm in early June, the campaign against the farm should be called to a halt. There was no more our group could do.

So, this is will be the final CALFe post to this site.

Thanks to all those who have supported our campaign and helped keep the pressure on against the farm. Best wishes to all.

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10 July 2014 – Community Meeting

Please don’t forget we will be having a Community Meeting in Leighton Village Hall TONIGHT! Thursday 10 July 2014 at 7.30pm. Please attend if you can.

It is very important that at the meeting we organise a liason group who are able to work alongside Fraser Jones, Powys County Council and the local community. This group is needed to ensure the dairy expansions are built to the strict guidelines required and all the planning conditions are adhered to by Mr Jones. Some of the strict planning conditions are: the hours of operations, floodlighting, landscaping, movement of cattle and removal of soil and materials from the site.

The group should represent all factions of village life including Leighton Village Hall, the School, the Church and the Community Council.

It’s time we all work together for the best possible outcome for the Leighton community.


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Community Meeting on Thursday 10 July 2014, 7.30pm – ALL welcome

Community Meeting – Thursday 10 July 2014, 7.30pm in Leighton Village Hall

Everybody is no doubt aware that the Minister, Mr Carl Sargeant AM, despite agreeing with all of the Inspector’s report decided to ignore her recommendations and approve the proposed expansion of Lower Leighton Farm.

Mr Sargeant’s decision was challenged at High Court as being unsafe. Unfortunately, the Judge ruled that the Minister was within his rights to do so and dismissed the application made by WSPA (now WAP).

This means that the legal challenge has now reached its conclusion and the expansion can now go ahead, within the conditions laid down by the Minister. CALFe, therefore has also reached the end of its campaign and would like to thank all those who gave such wonderful support.

In order that the construction and operation of the Mega farm is conducted in an acceptable way, it is proposed to form a Community Liaison group to work in conjunction with Fraser Jones, the Planning Department and the local community. This will ensure that any possible areas of contention can be sorted out amicably to the satisfaction of all parties. The group should represent all factions of village life including Leighton Village Hall, the School, the Church and the Community Council.

A meeting will be held at Leighton Village Hall on Thursday 10th July at 7.30pm to form a group and discus how it can amicably work together with all parties.

If you would like to be involved, or find out more, please come along and have your say!


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12 June 2014 – outcome of Judicial Review

We are very sorry to announce that Mr Justice Hickinbottom who today ruled on the Judicial Review regarding Lower Leighton Farm has ruled in favour of Mr Fraser Jones and dismissed WSPA’s application against planning permission. So, the mega-dairy WILL now go-ahead.

CALFe members will soon be meeting with WSPA to discuss how we can ensure that the conditions put on the planning application are adhered to. We will ALL need to work together (alongside Powys County Council) to ensure that these conditions are not watered down and are upheld by Mr Jones.

This is very sad news after all the hard work by WSPA, CALFe and local people to bring plans for the expansion to an end. Only time will tell what will happen to our village, our community and our school.

Thanks for all your support and keep checking in to the CALFe website where we will post any relevant news.


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10 June 2014 – Update on Judicial Review

A decision from the Judicial Review judge will be made public this Thursday (12 June 2014) regarding the planning approval of Lower Leighton Farm. This is as far as we can legally take the case so we are hoping for a positive outcome. We will post with the latest updates on Thursday.

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27 February 2014 – Date for Judicial Review, June 5 2014

The BBC online are reporting a date for the Judicial Review – June 5 2014. Read the full story here.

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27 February 2014

Article in the Guardian as to why we need mega-farms.

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27 February 2014

Mega farms discussed on Jeremy Vine.

Visit this link to hear today’s debate on mega-farms, including Fraser Jones’s input. The discussion starts at about 36.35 mins in.


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What does Judicial Review mean? – 3 February 2014

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has been granted a Judicial Review against the decision to allow the expansion of Lower Leighton Farm to house 1,000 cows.

Many people have asked CALFe what this means and what will happen next…

What does this mean?
The judicial review questions how the Welsh Planning Minister Carl Sergeant came to this decision, given planning experts had advised against the building application twice. The judge will review all of the evidence and we hope he will strongly recommend that the Minister reconsiders his choice to approve the application.

When will this happen?
The judicial review will happen in the High Court within the next twelve months. WSPA have applied for a cost protection order which will limit the amount of money that WSPA would pay if they lose the case. If they are not granted this, they will have to think carefully about how they proceed.

What can you do in the meantime?
If you haven’t already done so, please sign the petition calling for Welsh planning law to be changed, to make it harder for factory dairies like this to be built in the future. The petition closes on Friday 07 February and WSPA will be handing in signatures to the Welsh Government on Wednesday 12 February.

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