Howls of protest over village kennels plan


Emily Davies

A PROPOSAL to build dog kennels on a farm in Ruyton XI Towns has stirred local residents.
The plans to convert an outbuilding at Platt Mill Farm into a 20-bed boarding kennels and a live/work and dog grooming facility have been put forward by farm owning sisters, Lianne and Samantha Dow.
If successful it would create two full-time and one part-time job, and be open seven days a week, including bank holidays.
But despite residents supporting the dog grooming unit, they say the kennels will cause untold levels of noise pollution in the area and smell hazards.
Mrs Jean Davis is one of 20 people who have written to Shropshire Council objecting to the plans.

She said: “This is a most unsuitable site for such a venture. Its close proximity to many houses would cause great distress from noise pollution. Not only from the boarded dogs but from the extra traffic to and fro from the B4397 that would inevitably ensue – this scheme is most unfair to residents who already have to put up with the noise of heavy traffic and low flying helicopters from Shawbury.
“The added pollution of 20 dogs crying and barking for their owners day and night would be intolerable,” she added.
Another resident, Stephen Aspinall, added: “We would strongly object on the grounds of unacceptable noise pollution – due to health and stress-related issues we had to move from our last property due to noise pollution. We chose our new house carefully, with a large part of that decision based on the noise levels in this area, this proposed substantive change to our environment would have a very real, negative impact on our health.”
The proposal has also received mixed views from Baschurch Parish Council, which said: “Baschurch Parish Council support the conversion of the outbuilding to create the live/work unit and dog grooming, but object to the erection of the building to house 20 boarding kennels on site on the grounds that there would be a highways issue that the traffic would be increased, there would be significant noise disturbance to neighbours, the potential risk of fumes and smells that this would create – it was felt that the construction of the kennels was incompatible with the locality and therefore unacceptable use.”
A decision on the proposal is expected from Shropshire Council by February 5.

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