Local planners have dismissed arguments from Sir Reginald Sheffield, father-in-law of British Prime Minister David Cameron that smells and noise from a proposed abattoir nearby would deter tourists from his stately home.
The scheme to convert the former pig-rearing unit enjoyed the backing of local farmers and the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (Aims), which has campaigned against the closure of small abattoirs, insisting they reduce the distance travelled by animals to slaughter, thereby reducing their distress and helping promote local family butchers. A petition backing the plan had 77 signatures.
But a letter by Sir Reginald and his wife, who also own 3,000 acres in Lincolnshire, claims the application by businessman Chris Hodgson would disrupt the idyllic splendour of the house and gardens eight miles outside York and a popular location for weddings and corporate events#
The battle over the abattoir generated wide coverage throughout the UK. Click here for The Independent newspaper report.