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Company behind Beagle farm expansion defend plans

Yorkshire Evergreen applied for planning permission to expand its Field Station site to increase local animal breeding to serve the UK biomedical research company.

In a statement the company said:

This application has been scaled down by 70% compared to a 2011 application for four buildings.

The project and future operations would be overseen by B & K Universal, a supplier of scientific research products and services. The company do not carry out animal experiments. The proposals will:

  • ensure welfare standards by managing reproduction
  • tackle a shortage of UK-bred animals being experienced by UK medicine
  • help to reduce heavy traffic through Grimston by removing the need to import batches of dogs to the site

The new building will also give B & K Universal, the potential to breed ferrets, which they say are required for vital research into the production of new vaccines to treat various forms of influenza.

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