Posted: Fri 4th Feb 2022

Flintshire dog kennel plans approved despite fears it will shatter peace at beauty spot

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This article is old - Published: Friday, Feb 4th, 2022

Plans to create luxury dog boarding kennels in a village near Mold have been approved despite fears it will shatter the peace at a beauty spot. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Councillors have given the green light to proposals for a building containing 12 kennels on land next to a house at Brookside in Nercwys. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It comes despite 14 letters of objection being sent in by neighbours, who have raised concerns that the tranquillity of the area will be disturbed by barking dogs. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Worries have also been expressed about the impact it would have on the neighbouring Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Speaking at a meeting of Flintshire Council’s planning committee, local resident Saskia Webster accused the local authority of failing to listen to their reservations after the scheme was recommended to go ahead by a senior official. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

She said: “We are disappointed to see the planning officer’s report which contains contradictions and important matters which we don’t think have been properly considered. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Despite reassurance from Flintshire (Council) that they are satisfied, the noise assessment has not been done by a qualified acoustic specialist.
“All interested parties have expressed concern regarding noise and we have been fobbed off by Flintshire since November 2nd. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“If planning is approved, it will have irreversible consequences and a tragic loss of environment for future generations.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The council’s chief planning officer Andrew Farrow said in a report that the proposed kennels were considered to be “an appropriate use” in a rural area. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

He said most visitors to the AONB would be passing through for exercise and leisure purposes, and described the noise impact as “transient”. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

He added that the building would be insulated to reduce noise, with the number of dogs at the site strictly limited to 12. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

However, Gwernymynydd councillor Andy Hughes told Wednesday’s (February 2, 2022) meeting the level of noise would have a negative impact on residents. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Speaking on behalf of local representative Carolyn Thomas, he said: “People move to this area, which is adjacent to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, for tranquillity. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“When you have more than one dog, they become a pack and one can set off others when barking. The volume of noise can be very disturbing. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I hope all of this will be taken into consideration and you will refuse this application for commercial dog kennels in this unsuitable location.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

In response to the concerns, the council’s cabinet member for planning Chris Bithell said he believed the conditions attached to the application would help to reduce noise. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Cllr Derek Butler also said residents in rural areas would be used to hearing animals. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

He said: “We quite often get objections about the noise from farms, including farmyard machinery, animals and from dogs on farms which are used for shepherding purposes. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“All these are in a rural setting and this proposal doesn’t seem to be in conflict with rural practices.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The proposals were approved by a single vote at the end of the debate, with eight committee members in favour and seven against. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter (more here). ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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