PLANS to build a bungalow on the site of an old chicken shed in
PLANS to build a bungalow on the site of an old chicken shed in Wargrave have been refused over fears of contamination.
Robert Killoran had wanted to demolish the timber and corrugated steel shed at Oldfield Poultry Farm in Henley Road to create a three- or four-bedroom home.
But Wokingham Borough Council turned down the application as Mr Killoran had failed to carry out a contamination risk assessment, despite a promise that the site would be cleaned before building work started.
The council said: “The comment that the land will be thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated before use is not sufficient.
“The site may be contaminated from its previous use as a poultry farm and therefore may not be suitable for the proposed residential use.”
In 2012, residents opposed a plan to expand the poultry farm, which was subsequently rejected by the council. The farm wanted two new sheds for up to 2,800 birds. Neighbours claimed this would make their lives “hell”.