Go-ahead for animal sanctuary in west Cumbria at third attempt
Last updated at 12:36, Sunday, 11 August 2013
Controversial plans for an animal sanctuary near Cockermouth have been given the go-ahead – at the third attempt.
Animal Concern lodged its third set of plans for kennels, a cattery and offices at Little Broughton, near Cockermouth, last November, after outgrowing its existing base in Workington.
Several residents living close to the land, adjacent to Main Street, objected, raising concerns about noise levels ruining “dream homes”.
The animal charity, which has rehomed around 1,500 animals in the past 10 years, says it has been working to resolve the noise issues and withdrew a previous application after Allerdale council’s environmental health officer raised concerns about the noise impact.
A report by Environment Noise Solutions, submitted with the application, says the kennels would house up to 20 dogs and recommended insulated doors, extra walls, double glazing, limiting visiting hours and outdoor exercising to be limited to 8am to 8pm.
But residents living nearby – some of whom look onto the site – were not appeased.
Simon and Sharon Carter moved to Rose Cottage in 2010 from Sussex, after searching for their dream home in “a peaceful, idyllic location with outstanding uninterrupted views across the countryside”.
They said closing their windows overnight was “totally unacceptable” and would not make much difference.
“Where ever the outdoor runs are, there will be noise pollution,” they said.
“The buildings will completely spoil what is currently an uninterrupted view from our cottage across the open countryside.
“We moved from West Sussex for this view and buildings in this area would totally spoil our enjoyment of living in this beautiful countryside.”
Seven letters of objection were submitted against the scheme, which would also house up to 16 cats plus kittens.
The majority said their main concern was the sound of barking from the kennels,
Rodney and Olwen Smith, owners of Glen Cottage, said: “We are concerned about the noise level of a number of dogs barking in this location, both inside and outside of the kennels.
“There is no doubt this noise will disturb the residents of Glen and Rose Cottage as noise is far more noticeable in the countryside, especially in the evening and early morning. It will also affect the wildlife, birds in particular, and animals grazing in nearby fields.”
The charity’s first application was withdrawn in 2010, following objections from the Highways Authority, and a year later the plans were also pulled after concern raised by the council official in relation to the noise impact on nearby residents.
Town planning consultant Jennifer Hubbard, representing Animal Concern, said that the Workington kennels were no longer “fit for purpose”.
“The existing kennels have no electricity, making it difficult, especially in winter, to provide adequately for the animals, particularly those which are very young or very old,” she said.
“There is no space at the site to enable dogs to play or run free and all exercising must be done on the lead by volunteer dog walkers in a predominantly urban area.
“Stray and unwanted cats have to be accommodated off-site at the homes of helpers or other supporters.
“Frequently, due to the limited space and facilities, animals have to be “boarded” at commercial kennels. In these circumstances the kennelling fees are paid by Animal Concern which adds significantly and unnecessarily to the charity’s operating costs.”
First published at 12:32, Sunday, 11 August 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Unfortunately when they bought their "dream homes" they didn't buy the land opposite. Their solicitor should have made them aware about the chance of deveopment close to their homes at the point of purchase.
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