Rossendale petting animals face slaughter

Lancashire Telegraph: Terry Bork, owner of the business at Huttock Top Farm Terry Bork, owner of the business at Huttock Top Farm

A FARMER from Rossendale has said he may have to sell off some of his animals for slaughter after a Government body has ordered him to shut down his petting farm.

The Planning Inspectorate has upheld an enforcement notice to close the popular attraction at Animal Quackers in Bacup.

The decision has been made following the refusal of a retrospective planning application for the tourist site by Rossendale Council in November.

It had previously been operating without permission since 2007.

Terry Bork, owner of the business at Huttock Top Farm in Newchurch Old Road, has been ordered to remove all equipment associated with the play farm by the end of March, although his 150 animals can remain.

However Mr Bork said he will not be able to afford to keep many of his animals if they are not bringing in revenue.

He said: “Our alpaca, donkey, mini pony, goat, sheep and highland cattle will have to go if this is final.

“They won’t be of any use and will have to go to slaughter, because we won’t have the money to keep them. I’ve been a vegetarian for 30 years and I wouldn’t want to do it.

“But for someone else to take them on, they would have to be able to put them to use as well, and make them financially viable.

“We’ve had 40,000 visitors at the farm over the past six years. We’re a very popular attraction in the borough, it will be very sad if we have to close.” Mr Bork is now considering turning the site into a pig farm and farm shop, which he said he will not need planning permission to do.

He said: “If I do, it will create a stench and have more traffic, and much bigger vehicles coming up and down the road.

“We’ve never had a problem with our neighbours in the past, but I think it will upset them if I do this, but I will be forced to — I have a family to feed and a mortgage to pay.” Stephen Stray, planning manager at Rossendale Council, said: “Mr Bork can now take it to judicial review, but it will need legal grounds to be considered.

“He has resubmitted the planning application to Rossendale Council, but it will have to be significantly different to be considered.

“I can’t speculate on how successful it will be.”

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12:59pm Fri 3 Jan 14

blackburnwithdarwen says...

The Brittania Coconut Dancers and Farmers who do not kill animals (Something of a novelty!) are being banned from doing what seems to be doing no harm at all.

Just what’s going on at Bacup?
The Brittania Coconut Dancers and Farmers who do not kill animals (Something of a novelty!) are being banned from doing what seems to be doing no harm at all. Just what’s going on at Bacup? blackburnwithdarwen

4:57pm Fri 3 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

I'm a vegetarian ,but I'm going to open a pig farm and thay will go to slaughter , bit hypocritical to me being a vegetarian , ,, oh I see common sence would have been to get planning permission ist , then plough money into a business not the other way round , farmers don't get my sympathy as many are turning the landscape into unsightly wind farms , then thay get massive revenue off the eu not to farm the land ,,
I'm a vegetarian ,but I'm going to open a pig farm and thay will go to slaughter , bit hypocritical to me being a vegetarian , ,, oh I see common sence would have been to get planning permission ist , then plough money into a business not the other way round , farmers don't get my sympathy as many are turning the landscape into unsightly wind farms , then thay get massive revenue off the eu not to farm the land ,, phil kernot

7:59pm Fri 3 Jan 14

rockylad says...

Really sad that farmer Terry has been closed down, it seems that the local residents and council have been conducting a witch hunt, and would stop at nothing to see this attraction closed. Anybody who visited Animal Quackers would come away entertained,informed and greatly impressed by Farmer Terry's passion for animals and farming.

Having visited several other petting farms Animal Quackers was by far and away the best. Well done Rossendale council you have just closed the best visitor attraction in Rossendale all at the behest of a few nimbyists. You should have put the same effort into helping Terry meet planning criteria that you put into closing him down!!!!
Really sad that farmer Terry has been closed down, it seems that the local residents and council have been conducting a witch hunt, and would stop at nothing to see this attraction closed. Anybody who visited Animal Quackers would come away entertained,informed and greatly impressed by Farmer Terry's passion for animals and farming. Having visited several other petting farms Animal Quackers was by far and away the best. Well done Rossendale council you have just closed the best visitor attraction in Rossendale all at the behest of a few nimbyists. You should have put the same effort into helping Terry meet planning criteria that you put into closing him down!!!! rockylad

11:34pm Fri 3 Jan 14

pwitch says...

You do have to wonder what the agenda is with some of these counselors. First the Coconutters then this with a man who is doing a service for humanity by the sound of things. Good luck to him and wish him well for the future.
You do have to wonder what the agenda is with some of these counselors. First the Coconutters then this with a man who is doing a service for humanity by the sound of things. Good luck to him and wish him well for the future. pwitch

10:15am Sat 4 Jan 14

ex fusilier says...

BLOODY KILLJOYS sums the clowncil up
BLOODY KILLJOYS sums the clowncil up ex fusilier

11:16am Sat 4 Jan 14

ghost of sceptic says...

I get the point he is making but sending these unfortunate animals for slaughter has to be the very last resort. Lets hope someone can rehome them or a animal charity can step in. As for the council what a bunch of insensitive inhumane idiots. Had it been housing or a wind farm the planning would have been no problem, but obviously this farmer has not got the money to back hand the planners as happens throughout east lancs councils.
I get the point he is making but sending these unfortunate animals for slaughter has to be the very last resort. Lets hope someone can rehome them or a animal charity can step in. As for the council what a bunch of insensitive inhumane idiots. Had it been housing or a wind farm the planning would have been no problem, but obviously this farmer has not got the money to back hand the planners as happens throughout east lancs councils. ghost of sceptic

7:09pm Sat 4 Jan 14

pwitch says...

Can there be a petition to get it going again?
Can there be a petition to get it going again? pwitch

4:20pm Mon 6 Jan 14

It's a spade! says...

I would commend him for having a business idea to attract people into the borough, however, many farmers do seem to think that the rules that apply to them are somehow different to everybody else. I would suspect that if he had followed the correct procedures and applied for planning consent in the first place he wouldn't be in this situation now.

And of course there is absolutely no need to have the animals killed. He is just sensationalising the situation for his 5 minutes of fame.

I would also suggest that the Council are not saying he can't have a a petting farm, he just needs to discuss with them what is acceptable and he might find a solution.
I would commend him for having a business idea to attract people into the borough, however, many farmers do seem to think that the rules that apply to them are somehow different to everybody else. I would suspect that if he had followed the correct procedures and applied for planning consent in the first place he wouldn't be in this situation now. And of course there is absolutely no need to have the animals killed. He is just sensationalising the situation for his 5 minutes of fame. I would also suggest that the Council are not saying he can't have a a petting farm, he just needs to discuss with them what is acceptable and he might find a solution. It's a spade!

4:43pm Mon 6 Jan 14

pdb951 says...

Sh*t council
Sh*t council pdb951

4:52pm Mon 6 Jan 14

pdb951 says...

Why the hell doesn't the council help him to satisfy their requirements? To meet the standards to remain open?
Why the hell doesn't the council help him to satisfy their requirements? To meet the standards to remain open? pdb951

3:46pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Loving lances says...

pdb951 wrote:
Sh*t council
Actually it's a Labour council. OK, same difference.
[quote][p][bold]pdb951[/bold] wrote: Sh*t council[/p][/quote]Actually it's a Labour council. OK, same difference. Loving lances

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