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Ayrshire builder’s yard dog breeding plan axed as 5am barking complaint lodged

A retrospective plan to turn a builder’s yard into commercial kennels has been canceled by East Ayrshire Council’s planning committee.

The refusal comes after locals railed against plans submitted by Ms Willamena Brown, with a majority complaining about the site’s barking noise.

A neighbor even claimed that the puppy noise started as early as 5 a.m. and could continue late into the night.

The 2,200m² site, currently classified as a construction site, just off Brown Street in Newmilns, is sandwiched between an electricity distribution site and a factory.

At the planning meeting, it emerged that a probe had been launched at the site after complaints were made about dog farming on the site.

Fiona Finlay, head of the council’s development management team, said: ‘Complaints were received by the planning department on November 21 over allegations of dog farming on the site.

“Following an investigation by the Planning Enforcement Officer, the current application has been received. The application form indicates that the applicant was unaware that planning permission was required.”

Council officers recommended that the application be denied because no noise impact study had been provided and the development was not “compatible” with the surrounding environment.

Paul Gilchrist, Environmental Health Officer, added: “In reviewing this application, the Environmental Health Officer has considered the nature of the development and the surrounding environment and has expressed concern about the unacceptable noise impact of the development, in especially in terms of barking dogs.



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“Commercial premises give rise to complaints of excessive noise and over the past few weeks we have received a number of complaints relating to dog barking from these particular premises.”

Mr Gilchrist said that until a noise impact assessment could be provided and assessed, the department’s objection remained in place.

George Mair, who was a councilor when the meeting took place in April, said he was ‘really concerned’ that the council’s planning department and licensing section were tied ‘in knots’ because the claimant owns already a dog breeder’s license.

Since the development management section of the planning department was moved to governance departments in September last year, Mr Mair said objections to breeders’ licenses should be raised at the planning stage.

The app site is associated with a website called “Puppies R Us” which, according to their site, sells six different breeds of dogs “at different times” including: Cocker Spaniel puppies, Cockapoo puppies, Labrador puppies , Labradoodle puppies, Poodle puppies. and Goldendoodle puppies. The company is a licensed dog breeder.

A total of 18 objections were made and the councilors adopted the proposal to deny the request.

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Bewdley Farm owners appeal after commercial dog breeding plans rejected

Bewdley Farm owners have appealed after their dog breeding plans were rejected by the local council. The application, submitted to Wyre Forest District Council last year, proposed to change Northwood Farm’s land use from farming to ‘commercial dog keeping’.

The owners of the farm, located on the outskirts of town, have also offered to replace the existing kennels with a single kennel block which would include an office and storage room. However, the planning application was rejected later that year for a number of reasons, including concerns about increased barking and the impact the new kennel would have on the green belt.

According to the council: “The physical size and position of the building, results in a structure that does not harmonize with the surrounding landscape and significantly impedes the openness to the landscape and the green belt. The change of use would represent an encroachment of the countryside.”

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It continues: “Intensified use of the site would lead to an unacceptable sound level of barking dogs which would have a detrimental impact on (…) neighboring properties due to unacceptable noise pollution. The council officers’ report added: ‘The welfare of the dogs is of the utmost importance and there are animal welfare dog breeding regulations with which applicants must comply.’

The farm owners have now appealed the decision, saying the proposed building would be “far superior” in design to existing kennels. They added that new animal welfare regulations meant that upgraded buildings were urgently needed.

Their appeal states: “In the eyes of the appellant, the new building is a visual enhancement of the environment of the existing buildings which are currently detrimental to the landscape, and it is difficult to perceive them otherwise. No noise pollution was reported on the site. operator before 2021 reliably indicating that the site does not generate noise pollution.

“This particular use of dog breeding does not cause any nuisance as evidenced by the lack of complaints registered over an extended period. The origin of the complaints is unclear.

“No account appears to have been taken of neighboring dogs or pet dogs by the owner or neighbors. The new building is far superior in design, materials, construction and noise abatement materials than other previously used buildings.”

A decision on the appeal has not yet been rendered.

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Physical dog breeding sim Wobbledogs has left early access

I love devlogs, those messy blogs where game creators crack open the egg of video games to show you the yolk of development. Errors, dead ends, iterations; they illuminate the difficulties of creation, and they are entertaining to boot.

I like dogs too. I’ve written so much while writing about the horrible rectangular dogmorphs from a particular devlog – doglog? levdog? – in 2016. Those early GIFs would become Wobbledogs, a pet sim in which you breed mutant dogs. It has now left Early Access.

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Plan to turn Ayrshire ‘builder’s yard’ into commercial dog breeding kennels – but work has already started

A plan to turn a ‘builder’s yard’ into commercial kennels has been lodged with East Ayrshire Council.

The applicant, Mrs. Willamena Brown has already started working on the project.

In documents submitted to local authorities, Ms Brown’s agent, Stephen McQuistin, insisted his client, who lives on Irvine’s Livingston Terrace, “was not aware that planning permission was required” for development.

The 2,200m² site is currently listed as a construction site just off Brown Street in Newmilns, sandwiched between a power distribution site and a factory.

But Ms Brown wants to turn the site into a “commercial kennel for breeding dogs”.

Barking and isolation kennels part of the plans, as well as waiting and “normal” kennels.



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No details were provided regarding the number of dogs or puppies the property could accommodate.

Ayrshire Roads Alliance had no objections to the plans.

East Ayrshire Council planners will decide on the proposals at a later date.

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