Arla has cleared the final hurdle in the way of its ambition to build the world’s biggest fresh milk dairy on the outskirts of Aylesbury.

Arla was granted detailed planning permission in September for the billion-litre capacity dairy.

Secretary of State Eric Pickles was considering calling in the application, but subsequently decided against it, announcing his decision in October.

However, Arla could not start development until a section 106 agreement - outlining the contributions required as a condition of the planning consent - had been negotiated with the local planning authority, Aylesbury Vale District Council.

Now that Arla has agreed to pay for improvement works to a local canal and adopt and publicise a complaints policy for its new dairy, among other commitments, work is scheduled to commence later this month.