Pigs stink! News at 11.
A farmer has been paid almost £1.5million of public money to stop rearing pigs to allow 5,000 new homes to be built.
The deal is part of a move to reduce the amount of harmful nutrients flowing into waterways in Norfolk and to get house-building moving again, in what is the first deal of its kind.
The pig farm is on either side of the A47 bypass south of Norwich. By closing it down, the reduction in pollution means that officials will be able to grant permission for 5,000 homes elsewhere in the county.
Never mind the reduction in pollution; just having a pig farm within a mile of a new housing development would render the houses either unsellable, or else priced so low as to be unprofitable to build.
Farms are noisome things, to be sure, and it’s not just pig farms either. Fully a third of Mr. Free Market’s country estate is almost unusable (well, for my citified nostrils anyway) because of a neighboring cattle farm. And speaking of city slickers: