Doggy day care loses bid for new countryside home in village – Leicestershire Live
A plan for a doggy day care and dog walking facility in a Leicestershire village has been turned down after concerns it would lead to more traffic and pets “running wild”. Hinckley Pets in Home had hoped to relocate its animal care business by building a new premises on land off Dawsons Lane, in Barwell.
However , members of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s planning committee followed a recommendation by council officers to refuse the application when they met on Tuesday. The business is currently based at Cold Comfort Farm, within Hinckley, and provides several services, including day care, grooming plus home visits for cats and small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and fish while owners are away.
Ahead of the decision, a report set out the benefits to the company of the proposal. It stated: “Hinckley Pets in Home currently rent their facility from a local landowner and the proposed development will allow the business to secure itself financially by removing the uncertainty associated with renting premises. It will allow the business to significantly grow its share in the pet services marketplace, create further opportunities for job creation from the current seven members of staff to 10 and provide work experience placements for those requiring them as part of coursework or awards. ”
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Although four people contacted the authorities to object to the proposal, five wrote in support of the company’s plan. One supporter said: “We really rely on the service these people provide [and] we can confidently leave our dogs with them to go on holiday in the knowledge that they will be well looked after and treated as users of their family. ” Another added: “This prevents disturbance of the neighbourhood from unattended dogs and provides valuable direct employment for local people plus supports the wider employment of local people by ensuring their dogs are cared for fully when out at work. ”
Council planning officers who studied the suggestion raised several concerns, including that the business would introduce an incongruous form of development which would have a negative impact on the open landscape, and that traffic generated by the business would be too much for the single track access road to deal with. There was also an objection from a charity based nearby, whose staff feared the new building would interfere with access to its allotments, and that plants would be lost as result of the construction. Environmental health added that dogs barking could be a nuisance for neighbours.
Comments from local residents included that the application was “clearly out of keeping with the area”, stressing concerns about an increase in traffic and the proposed building site being in the open countryside, with another adding that “dogs will be running wild” and that “the parking planned for the site will not be big enough for the workers, let alone the public using it”.