PPC/A/5006420 - Howden Eggs Limited: Howden Farm, Gifford - PPC Permit Application

Closed 7 May 2024

Opened 9 Apr 2024

Results updated 10 May 2024

SEPA has issued a permit to Howden Eggs Limited following their application to operate an installation on a site at Howden Farm, Gifford, East Lothian, EH41 4JS following consultation, on 09 May 2024.

The full permit is available below.



It's part of SEPA’s remit to maintain a high-quality environment by setting permit conditions which limit the impacts associated with installations operating under Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Part A regulations.

Application details

We received an application from Howden Eggs Limited for a permit to operate an installation at Howden Farm, Gifford, East Lothian, EH41 4JS.  Howden Eggs Limited are proposing an additional 32,000 capacity hen shed bringing the total capacity on the farm to 64,000 places for free range hens. 

A summary of their application is available below:

Why your views matter

We have assessed the application and have drafted new permit conditions. These, along with the decision document, are available below:

This is your opportunity to let us know your views on the proposed conditions. The consultation will be open for 28 days from date of publication. We will consider any comments received between 09 April and 07 May 2024 before issuing the final decision.

Your comments will be published to our public register unless you ask us not to, in which case we will publish a note saying that we received a response but have not made it publicly available.

How we use your feedback

As Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, our purpose is to protect and improve Scotland’s environment in ways that, as far as possible, also contribute to improving health and well-being and achieving sustainable economic growth. Our Corporate Plan 2024-2027 sets our strategic ambition and priorities. Our Annual Operating Plans set out how we will implement our priorities every year.

In delivering these priorities we engage with those who have an interest in and/or are affected by our regulations and duties. One way we engage is through formal consultations. This is your opportunity to tell us what you think about our proposals. The feedback we receive helps us to understand what matters most to people and how we can deliver our duties efficiently and effectively.

After the consultation closes, we’ll consider the information we receive before publishing a digest of responses through the We asked, You said, We did section of our consultation website. This will close the consultation process by explaining how we have considered and, where appropriate, acted upon what we heard.


What happens next

SEPA will consider any comments received during the consultation period between 09 April and 07 May 2024 before issuing the final decision.  If no comments are received, SEPA will issue the final decision no later than 14 May 2024 and issued documents will be published here. 

If you have any queries, please contact registry@sepa.org.uk


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