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Bid for new kennels in Cheddleton

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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Plans have been tabled for a new kennels and cattery in a Staffordshire Moorlands village.

Ken Wainman Associates of Leek has, on behalf of Ms V Robson at Brigwood Farm, Cheddleton, applied to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to convert part of an agricultural building.

It would house 22 kennels and runs and an eight-pen cattery.

The application is also asking for permission to change the use of a room to a reception room and office, and the use of another room for food preparation.

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In a planning statement the applicant said: "The proposed kennels would consist of pens and runs enclosed within concrete block walls and with an insulated roof over the top of the pens and runs within the western half of the existing building in order to minimise the risk of noise escaping the building.

"Apart from repairs to the roof, which is leaking in places, the construction and external appearance of the existing building would be unchanged.

"The proposed kennels and the runs would be erected within the existing building.

"The proposed kennels would be formed with insulated steel walls lined with PVC panels.

"The proposed runs would have PVC side panels, galvanised steel bars to the front walls with mesh at a high level to all walls."

The statement added: "The site layout would be changed slightly in that it would contain extra car parking to accommodate customers visiting the kennels and cattery. No landscaping is proposed.

"Access would be via the existing track from the road."

With a proposed five additional car parking spaces, from nine to 14, at the site, the new venture is set to create a new full-time job if change of use permission is granted by the council.

It will be open from 8am until 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and 10am until 4pm on Sunday.

A spokesman for Ken Wainman Associates said: "The proposed development would provide new employment opportunities in a rural area and at the same time provide a service for local people.

"The applicant currently works part-time on the farm and the proposed development will mean the additional employment of her daughter to run the kennels."

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