A hen charity has been given the green light to build a new re-homing centre.
The British Hen Welfare Trust was given the go ahead by North Devon Council on October 14. The centre will be built at the organisation’s base near South Molton, known as Hen Central, from spring 2017.
The centre will act as a dedicated re-homing site for hundreds of hens every four to six weeks. It will also provide a space for educational talks, training days.
Charity founder, Jane Howorth MBE, said: “We are over the moon to have been given planning permission for our centre, which will mark a new era for the charity.
“As well as re-homing, education is a key part of what the BHWT does and the centre will allow us to expand on this in ways we haven’t been able to before.
“Personally I am hugely excited by the opportunities this will bring and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us get to this point.”
The re-homing and education centre will cost around £200,000 to build. The charity’s fundraising appeal on September 23, British Hen Welfare Day, raised more than £5,000.