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Animal Welfare: Captive Birds

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 25 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, further to Statutory Instrument 2007/406 amending the planning laws to cover temporary protection for poultry and other captive birds, the planning authorities will have any right to check that the proposed temporary development is in proportion to the number of poultry to be stored therein. [HL2968]

The statutory instrument specifies the maximum permitted size of the temporary development to be used to house poultry or other captive birds. It does not relate the size of the building to the number of poultry to be stored therein. The statutory instrument does not confer any specific rights on the local planning authority to verify that the temporary structure is proportionate to the number of poultry. However, local planning authorities should be able to satisfy themselves of the suitability of the development once they have been notified. If necessary, they will also be able to draw on the advice of the local animal health office on stocking densities within each structure to ensure the welfare of the birds.