Rugby borough councillors give permission for rodent breeding to continue in Clifton

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COUNCILLORS at Rugby Borough Council have approved a planning application to allow rodent breeding to continue in Clifton.

The planning committee met at the Town Hall last night (Wednesday) where they debated a retrospective planning application to change the use of existing farm buildings for the purpose of rodent breeding.

Clifton farmer Robert Spencer submitted the application for permission for the breeding at Magpie Lodge Farmyard in Lilbourne Road, just outside the village.

According to the planning application, Mr Spencer says that the breeding of rodents is for the personal use of the tenants who want a reliable and affordable supply of food for reptiles and for three other snake breeders, who have a combined total of 700 snakes.

Currently there are around 740 cages at the farm which house approximately 1,900 breeding female rats and 39 males. Each female could on average breed a litter of six to ten babies every six to eight weeks.

Three neighbours have complained about the planning application with a number of concerns raised.

However planning officers at the Town Hall recommended the application for approval and councillors voted to approve it.

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