PLANS to build a heat and power generator on a greenbelt site at Cullingworth will go before a Council committee on Thursday.

HCF Poultry submitted the plans for a generator off Turf Lane, near the company’s Cullingworth factory, last year.

The proposals have attracted 35 objections, including one from Shipley MP Philip Davies.

At a meeting of Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee on Thursday, members will decide whether to grant permission for the development.

The meeting will be held remotely.

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The meat processing plant currently employs around 160 people.

The generator site is outside of the factory footprint, and on Green Belt land.

A report to the Committee acknowledges that the generator is an inappropriate Green Belt development. However, it also points out that the equipment is needed for the company to continue. The applicants have said it will also allow more work to be done on the site – removing the need for as many deliveries of chicken carcasses to the factory.

It adds: “This would be beneficial to the other users of the highway as well and the amenity of nearby residents since there would be a reduction of lorry movements and thus a reduction in noise and diesel fumes.”

Officers have recommended the plans be approved.