Nocton Dairies' application to establish a mega dairy herd in Lincolnshire will go ahead despite the withdrawal of support from a neighbouring farm.

Nocton had planned to spread digestate fertiliser on 2,000 acres of farmland owned by Patrick Dean Ltd. Dean has cancelled the ­arrangement due to fears about negative publicity.

Dean's decision "doesn't change anything" and Nocton still intended to ­re-submit its application, said a spokeswoman. The amount of land that would no longer be available was "not huge," and the company still had 12,000 acres available for spreading.