A councilor has criticized plans for a pet grooming salon over ‘dangerous’ dog barking.
Plans for a dog grooming salon, located in a residential property in Fabian Close, Waterlooville, have been approved by Havant Borough Council.
The plans drew criticism from neighbors and Councilor Gwen Robinson over potential noise pollution and increased traffic.
“In this case and for this type of business, I don’t believe it is conducive to a harmonious neighborhood environment,” she said.
“When the noise reaches more than 85 Db, it becomes dangerous.
“When we subject ourselves to dangerous noise levels, we risk losing our hearing – any prolonged exposure to noise above 85 Db is considered a major stressor.
“An average dog barks at 120 Db – a Bichon at 102 Db – that would be a 12 minute exposure limit for the day.
“High-velocity blast dryers are one of the biggest sources of noise in the grooming environment – average levels of these range from 94.8 to 108 Db.”
After his deputation, Cllr Gary Hughes asked Cllr Robinson if she was okay with the brick walls dampening the sound.
Simon Rowberry, acting head of building planning and control, told the committee he was not convinced the average dog barks at 120 Db.
“In a former life as a musician in a rock band, I can tell you that 120 Db is something like The Who playing at Wembley,” he said.
The applicant, Jessica Mcknight, is the owner of Pets Come First, an established grooming salon in Horndean which she has run for seven years.
In a deputation, she said: “The majority of my clients have been with me since I started in 2015 and those who got their dog in the years after my start date have been with me since their dog is a puppy.
“I have been registered with East Hampshire District Council since I started trading in 2015 and to date I am not aware of any complaints about dog noise and/or my work .”