Dog breeding

Anger as controversial Staffordshire dog breeding farm allowed to continue operating


Angry residents have lost their fight to shut down an ‘illegally built’ Staffordshire dog farm near their homes.

Families living near Smithy Farm have raised concerns about dog barking and pollution, as well as road safety issues.

But the owners were allowed to continue running their kennel business after changing plans so that highway bosses no longer object.

The applicants had requested the maintenance of part of the poultry yard for the breeding of dogs with maintenance of kennels and construction of a farrowing shed where the bitches give birth.

The project also involved the construction of an acoustic fence to reduce noise at the Mill Lane site, Gratwich, near Uttoxeter.

The decision angered Kingstone Parish Council, which said there was “overwhelming opposition” over the barking and fouling of the dogs, BurtonLive Reports.

He said “there would be constant barking from the site, which is not occupied and maintained once a day by the breeder.”

The kennel drew criticism from neighbors

Eleven objections were submitted by locals.

Opponent Julia Owen spoke at the virtual meeting and said the owners do not live on the site and are not there to care for the dogs.

She said: “The owner arrives on site at 4.30 am which is unacceptable.

“The site is messy and does not match the region.

“The kennels were built illegally, without any consultation

“It will only benefit one house and not the other 10 houses (nearby).”

However, Jon Imber, acting on behalf of the claimants, told the meeting that highways and environmental health raised no objections.

He added: “As far as noise goes, this is a very small scale business of five dogs and two litters per year. It is a working farmyard and there will be some noise.

“The candidates want to move quickly to the site, so this will avoid early arrivals. “

Planning officers of the council, recommending approval of the plans, said the demand “would not be significantly detrimental to residential facilities in terms of significant dominant or eclipsing impacts.”

They added: “The project would not significantly detract from the visual amenities of the locality as the buildings and associated fences are of a scale and appearance that could reasonably be expected to be part of a farm area in a locality. rural locality. “

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They also said the environmental health officer was satisfied that a “noise report and management plan” showed the development “would not result in a significant reduction in amenities for nearby residents due to noise nuisance. “.

Councilor Greg Hall told the meeting, “I hope the applicants maintain this site in a way that does not disrupt the lives of others or prove the residents wrong.