Dog breeding

Fury as controversial dog breeding farm learns it can keep operating

Angry neighbors have lost their fight to close dog kennels that have allegedly been “illegally built” near their homes.

Those who live near Smithy Farm are concerned about noise caused by barking dogs and pollution, as well as road safety concerns.

However, after the owners’ plans were changed, the highway bosses said they were no longer opposed to the project.

“Mr. and Mrs. Emery” have now received permission from the East Staffordshire Borough Council planning committee to continue their kennel business at Smithy Farm at Mill Lane, Gratwich, near Uttoxeter.

The applicants requested the maintenance of part of the poultry yard for dog breeding, which includes the maintenance of kennels and the erection of a shed and a farrowing warehouse – where the female dogs give birth. – as well as an acoustic fence.

Statutory consultants – those who must be consulted on planning applications by law – raised no objections.

However, Kingstone Parish Council says there is overwhelming opposition in the community due to the impact of noise, dog fouling and “loss of coziness / enjoyment of local residents”.

He said “there would be constant barking from the site, which is unoccupied and monitored once a day by the breeder”.

The council also says dog fouling has increased in the vicinity of the property and has been linked to herding, as well as the increase in “antisocial hours” the owner takes care of the animals.

Advisors don’t believe acoustic fencing will make a difference in noise.

Eleven objections were submitted by residents for reasons of noise, disturbance and pollution, road safety and drainage implications and animal welfare (including the impact of fences).

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

The kennel drew criticism from neighbors

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

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

“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. “

Council planning officers, recommending approval of the plans, said the demand “would not be significantly detrimental to residential amenities 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 lowland area. yard in a rural location. “

They also said the environmental health official 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.