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Anger as controversial Staffordshire dog farm is allowed to continue operating

Furious locals have lost their fight to shut down an ‘illegally built’ Staffordshire dog farm near their home.

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

But the owners were allowed to continue running their kennel business after changing plans so motorway bosses no longer objected.

The applicants had requested the maintenance of the use of part of the barnyard for breeding dogs with the maintenance of kennels and the construction of a whelping shed where the female dogs give birth.

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

The decision has angered Kingstone Parish Council, who say there is “overwhelming opposition” due to dog barking and soiling, BurtonLive reports.

He said “there would be constant barking at the site, which is not manned and monitored once a day by the breeder”.



The kennel drew criticism from neighbors

Eleven objections were submitted by residents.

An objector, Julia Owen, spoke at the virtual meeting and said the owners did not live on the site and were not there to care for the dogs.

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

“The site is messy and does not correspond to the neighborhood.

“The kennels were built illegally, without any consultation

“This will only benefit one house and will not take into account the other 10 (nearby) houses.”

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

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

“Applicants want to move into the site quickly, so this will avoid early arrivals.”

The council’s planning officers, in recommending the plans for approval, said the application “would not be significantly detrimental to residential amenities in terms of dominating or overshadowing impacts”.

They added: “The project would not significantly impair the visual amenities of the locality as the buildings and associated fencing are of a size and appearance that could reasonably be part of a farm area in a locality. rural.”

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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 lead to a significant reduction in amenities for nearby residents due to noise disturbance “.

Councilor Greg Hall said at the meeting, “I hope the candidates maintain this site in a way that doesn’t disrupt everyone’s lives and prove the residents wrong.”

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Fury as controversial dog farm learns it can keep operating

Angry neighbors have lost their fight to shut down allegedly “illegally built” dog breeding kennels near their homes.

Residents near Smithy Farm are concerned about noise from barking dogs and pollution, as well as road safety issues.

However, after the owners’ plans changed, motorway bosses said they no longer opposed 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, Mill Lane, Gratwich, near Uttoxeter.

The applicants requested the maintenance of the use of part of the farmyard for the breeding of dogs, which includes the maintenance of kennels and the construction of a shed and a whelping store – where female dogs give birth – as well as an acoustic fence.

Those consulted by law – 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 soiling and “loss of amenity/enjoyment to local residents”.

He said “there would be constant barking at the site, which is not manned and monitored once a day by the breeder”.

The council also claims that dog fouling has increased in the area surrounding the property and has been linked to animal husbandry, as well as an increase in “antisocial hours” at which the owner tends to the animals.

Councilors do not believe the acoustic fence will make a difference to the noise level.

Eleven objections were submitted by residents on the grounds of noise, disturbance and pollution, road safety and drainage implications and animal welfare (including the impact of boundary fencing).

An objector, Julia Owen, spoke at the virtual meeting and said the owners did not live on site and were not on site to look after 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 correspond to the neighborhood.

“The kennels were built illegally, without any consultation

“This will only benefit one house and will not take into account the other 10 (nearby) houses.”

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

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

“Applicants want to move into the site quickly, so this will avoid early arrivals.”

The council’s planning officers, in recommending the plans for approval, said the application “would not be significantly detrimental to residential amenities in terms of dominating or overshadowing impacts”.

They added: “The project would not significantly impair the visual amenities of the locality as the buildings and associated fencing are of a size and appearance that could reasonably be part of a farm area in a locality. rural.”

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 disturbance “.

Councilor Greg Hall said at the meeting, “I hope the candidates maintain this site in a way that doesn’t disrupt everyone’s lives and prove the residents wrong.”

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Doncaster dog breeder mum and daughter win top prize at Crufts

A mother-daughter team of dog breeders from Doncaster have won a top prize at Crufts.

Joan Scarll and her daughter Sue Sykes earned the title of ultimate breeder by winning the Kennel Club breeders competition with their Lhasa Apsos dogs.

The team managed to beat 35 other breeders to win the competition on Friday March 6th.

Speaking of the win, Joan said: “For me it’s the best thing ever. These dogs have won 29 Challenge certificates between them and I am very proud of that.

“Dog shows are a great hobby to get involved in. They can be a lot of fun when people make them funny. Win or lose, we always come home with the best dogs. »

The team included Ch Timazinti Liberty handled by Sue, CH Timazinti’s Kienke handled by Joan, Ch Timazinti’s Britskij at Kenjda handled by Ida Watts and Timazinti’s Peppermint at Frenchlands handled by Lina Schuckardt.

The best reserve breeder was awarded to Mrs. Kath Storey with her team of Pugs (breeding name Rhodenash).

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: “We are very happy for Joan and Sue for their excellent achievement.

“Joan and Sue are very talented breeders who dedicate time and effort to developing good breeding practices to produce healthy, happy dogs for the show ring. Their dogs are a testament to their hard work and dedication. to race.”

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Controversial kennel at Ebbw Vale could still be allowed

Controversial dog breeding kennel projects in Ebbw Vale, which thousands have opposed, could be back on the cards.

An appeal has been lodged against a decision by Blaenau Gwent Council to refuse permission to convert a former stable into 30 kennels at Star Fields in Mountain Road.

Around 18,500 people have signed a petition against the plans, with campaigning led by charities and animal welfare groups – including Hope Rescue, Puppy Love Campaigns and CARIAD.

Activists said the plans run counter to a motion passed unanimously by the council in favor of Lucy’s Law, which states that puppies must be sold from their place of birth.

But councilors have also been warned by planning officers that rejecting the application on animal welfare grounds could leave the authority open to an appeal.

Instead, the reasons given for the denial were based on the impact the buildings might have on a Special Landscape Area (SLA).

But an appeal filed on behalf of the plaintiff, Lee Bowerman, says the buildings have been in place for some time now and match others in the area that have no impact on ALS.

No more than 25 dogs at any one time will be kept on the site, in the interests of animal welfare, according to the appeal.

The number of dogs allowed on the site would also be regulated according to national standards by an independent and qualified veterinarian, it says.

The use of any of the proposed buildings for the breeding of dogs is “completely appropriate”, the appeal adds.

A request for costs has also been filed in relation to the rejection of the plans.

It states that the conduct of counsel in the application “is a clear example of unreasonable behavior, resulting in an unnecessary appeal and the incurring of unnecessary costs for the appellant, thereby justifying an award of costs.”

But activists have vowed to fight the appeal.



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Councilor Lisa Winnett, who has already lodged an objection with the Planning Inspectorate, said: “I will always fight for animal welfare and try to be a voice for the voiceless because these dogs can’t speak for themselves.”

The charity Hope Rescue said: ‘We will not give up and keep fighting.

A town planning inspector will review the appeal in the coming months.

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