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Flintshire dog kennel plans approved despite fears they could break the peace in beauty spot

This article is old – Posted: Friday, February 4, 2022

Plans to create luxury dog ​​boarding facilities in a village near Mold have been approved despite fears it could shatter the peace in a beauty spot.

Councilors have given the green light to proposals for a building containing 12 kennels on land next to a house at Brookside in Nercwys.

It comes despite 14 letters of objection sent by neighbors who fear the tranquility of the area could be disturbed by barking dogs.

Concerns have also been raised about the impact this would have on the nearby Clwydian Range and the Dee Valley Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Speaking at a Flintshire Council planning committee meeting, local resident Saskia Webster accused the local authority of not listening to their reservations after the project was recommended by a senior official.

She said: “We are disappointed to see the planning officer’s report which contains contradictions and important issues which we believe have not been properly addressed.

“Despite assurances from Flintshire (Council) that they are satisfied, the noise assessment has not been carried out by a qualified acoustics specialist.
“All interested parties have expressed concern about the noise and we have been passed on by Flintshire since November 2.

“If the planning is approved, it will have irreversible consequences and a tragic loss of the environment for future generations.”

Council planning director Andrew Farrow said in a report that the proposed kennels were seen as “appropriate use” in a rural area.

He said most visitors to the AONB would pass through for exercise and recreation, and described the noise impact as “transient”.

He added that the building would be insulated to reduce noise, with the number of dogs on the site strictly limited to 12.

However, Gwernymynydd Councilor Andy Hughes said at the meeting on Wednesday (February 2, 2022) that the noise level would have a negative impact on residents.

Speaking on behalf of local representative Carolyn Thomas, he said: ‘People are moving to this area, which is adjacent to an Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty, for the tranquility.

“When you have more than one dog, they form a pack and one can trigger others by barking. The loudness can be very disturbing.

“I hope all of this will be taken into consideration and that you refuse this request for a commercial kennel in this unsuitable location.”

In response to the concerns, the council’s cabinet member responsible for planning, Chris Bithell, said he believed the conditions attached to the application would help reduce noise.

Cllr Derek Butler also said people in rural areas would be used to hearing animals.

He said: “We quite often get objections about noise from farms, including barnyard machinery, animals and dogs on farms used for herding purposes.

“All of these are rural and this proposal does not appear to conflict with rural practices.”

The proposals were approved by a single vote after the debate, with eight committee members in favor and seven against.

Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter (more here).

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